Learn more about the organizations that are helping to lead tobacco control advocacy efforts, as well as how these organizations can provide information and resources to assist in your own efforts. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) members should always seek the assistance of their local AAP Chapter when looking to take action on advocacy issues.
View a presentation about successful tobacco control media campaigns and the lessons that can be applied to campaigns for other health topics- presented by Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of the AAP Richmond Center at the Council on Communications and Media program during the 2013 AAP National Conference and Exhibition
- Videos shown in the presentation: Flintstones (slide 10), 1200 (slide 15), Shards o' Glass (slide 16)
Know about the challenges that face local-level advocates
- Protect Local Control
- Preemption Framework
- Grassroots Change: Preemption by State (be sure to click 'Tobacco')
- Preemption Checklist
Organizations That Lead Tobacco Control Advocacy Efforts
AAP Department of Federal Affairs (AAP member login required)
The Academy's Department of Federal Affairs is the Academy's voice on federal issues in Washington, DC, with Congress and the presidential administration. For nearly four decades, the legislative staff has worked to put, and keep, children's health on the national agenda.
AAP State Government Affairs (AAP member login required)
The Academy's Division of State Government Affairs is tasked with providing assistance to AAP state chapters as they advocate for children. Resources offered include materials that cover the legislative, research, and strategic dimensions of child health issues.
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is the leading national lobbying organization dedicated to nonsmokers' rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and youth from tobacco addiction.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to change public attitudes and public policies on tobacco, to prevent kids from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
Legacy was established in March 1999 as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement between a coalition of attorneys general in 46 states and five US territories and the tobacco industry. Legacy is dedicated to promoting tobacco-free generations. Legacy recently released a toolkit on youth activism, and while primarily intended for younger audiences, is a good resource for those looking to make a difference in their community.
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN)
NAATPN is a national organization dedicated to facilitating the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent tobacco control programs to benefit communities and people of African descent.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
RWJF is committed to continuing and reinforcing the gains made in reducing tobacco use through focus on advocating for and strengthening policy changes that work to curb the use and exposure to tobacco.
Smoke Free Movies
This project, based out of the University of California at San Francisco, aims to sharply reduce the US film industry's usefulness to the tobacco industry's domestic and global marketing.