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Truth Initiative Tobacco/Vape-Free College Program

Truth Initiative
Jan 20, 2022

Kristen Tertzakian


Truth Initiative will provide grants and technical assistance for minority-serving institutions and community colleges to support the adoption and implementation of a 100% tobacco/vape-free college-wide policy by December, 2023. Colleges that were early adopters of 100% smoke or tobacco-free policies may also apply to include e-cigarettes.

Activities must engage and mobilize the student population and create support among faculty, staff, and administration.


Eligible applicants are minority-serving institutions of higher education (MSIs) and public community colleges in the U.S., the District of Columbia, and five US territories which signed the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands).

Minority serving institutions include:

  • Part B institutions
  • Hispanic serving institutions
  • Tribal colleges and universities
  • Alaska Native serving institutions
  • Native Hawaiian serving institutions
  • Predominantly Black institutions
  • Asian American and Native Pacific Islander serving institutions
  • Native American serving non-tribal institutions
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Up to $20,000 for colleges that do not have a 100% tobacco and vape free policy.

Up to $10,000 for colleges that have a smoke and/or tobacco free policy, but need to strengthen the policy by adding e-cigarettes.

Grantees will also receive technical assistance through in-person training, webinars, and one-on-one consultations.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Applicant webinar #1
(Registration required)
October 19, 2021
3:00 p.m. Eastern

Applicant webinar #2
(Registration required)
November 4, 2021
3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Health disparities · Hispanic or Latino · Minorities · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Tobacco use · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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