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Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to serve as the primary contractor for a comprehensive tobacco control program throughout the North Central, South Central and Northeast health districts of Pennsylvania. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, the goal of these comprehensive tobacco control programs is to reduce disease, disability and death related to tobacco use by:

  • Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults;
  • Promoting quitting among adults and youth;
  • Eliminating nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke;
  • Identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among different population groups.
Tobacco Control Regions Coverage Pennsylvania

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Youth Tobacco Survey

The Pennsylvania Youth Tobacco Survey asks high school and middle school students questions about their tobacco-related knowledge, behaviors and attitudes. These data are critical to measuring the macro-level success of prevention initiatives in Pennsylvania.


The Tobacco Resistance Unit is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, between ages 12 and 18, stay tobacco- and nicotine- free. TRU aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. In coordination with the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT), American Lung Association in Pennsylvania organizes the existing statewide tobacco control youth movement and recruits new TRU members. TRU members are trained on tobacco control issues and tobacco industry marketing. Learn more at


American Lung Association’s Teens Against Tobacco Use® is an evidence based program that allows students between the ages 14 and 17 to mentor youngsters about the dangers of smoking. The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania trains new youth for implementation of this peer-led program, which is proven effective in reducing tobacco use among youth. TATU groups will also be included in TRU initiatives and members will be asked to register with TRU.

Point of Sale

Tobacco industry spending on marketing is on the rise.  In 2011 cigarette companies spent $23 million every day to market their products in the U.S. An estimated $469.5 million is spent for marketing in Pennsylvania each year.  Tobacco industry advertising is greater in low-income and minority communities.  Additionally, youth cigarette smoking prevalence is also higher in communities with more tobacco retailers and advertising.  To combat these trends, we have joined with the statewide initiative to increase tobacco retailer owner awareness by implementing policies to reduce targeted marketing and sponsorship of tobacco products among vulnerable populations.


The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania works with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure that all tobacco retail stores are in compliance with advertising, labeling and underage sale laws as put forth by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Act 112.


Freedom From Smoking

Freedom From Smoking is American Lung Association’s evidence-based group cessation program used for adults. Classes are facilitated by a Lung Association-trained facilitator in a small group setting so that participants receive personalized attention. At the same time, individuals benefit from the support of their peers, who are going through the same stages at the same time. The curriculum includes the latest research about nicotine replacement therapy (gum, inhalers, patches, lozenges and nasal spray) and other smoking cessation medications such as Zyban® and Chantix®. Each clinic session uses techniques based on pharmacological and psychological principles and methods designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques. Find out more at

Not On Tobacco Youth Cessation

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is the American Lung Association's voluntary smoking cessation program for teens between the ages of 14 and 19. Over the 10-week program, participants learn to identify their reasons for smoking, healthy alternatives to tobacco use, and people who will support them in their efforts to quit.

PA Free Quitline and Fax to Quit

The PA Free Quitline is a FREE online and telephonic service available to all Pennsylvanians. Participants receive special tools, a support team of coaches, research-based information, and a community of others trying to become tobacco free. The Fax-To-Quit Program allows healthcare and non-healthcare professionals to refer tobacco-using individuals to PA Free Quitline services for expert, evidence-based and confidential coaching to become tobacco-free. Learn more at


Worksite Policy

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania works to increase the number of worksites that have implemented 100 percent tobacco free policies by providing technical assistance, based on assessments of the worksite’s existing policies. The Smokefree-in-a-Box guide is the primary tool for implementation along with the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® brochures. The service provider shall identify potential worksites, including healthcare facilities, to promote policy changes, assess worksite tobacco policy using the Worksite Tobacco Policy Index to establish a baseline, provide technical assistance to strengthen policies, and reassess the strengthened policies, using the same tool, to document progress made.

Multi-Unit Housing Initiative Signs
Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Initiatives

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania works to increase the number of multi-unit housing providers who implement tobacco-free policies by providing technical assistance to new and existing Multi-Unit partners. The service provider shall identify potential housing providers to promote tobacco-free housing policy changes, assess housing providers’ current tobacco policy, recommend enrollment in the American Lung Association’s Steps for Success: Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing online training and provide technical assistance to strengthen policies.

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Young Lungs At Play

Young Lungs at Play is a program aimed to help communities create tobacco-free parks, playgrounds and recreational areas for children. Many Pennsylvania communities have adopted outdoor tobacco-free policies at parks, zoos, athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and even city sidewalks and streets to help protect both children and the environment.


Coalition Work

To help support regionalization and further improve program effectiveness and cost efficiencies of the mission and goal, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania has developed a coalition work group. This coalition is comprised of local businesses, governments, community institutions and organizations, and learning institutions. The coalition has developed three workgroups; Prevention, Cessation and Advocacy.

South Central Tobacco Free Coalition

Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Corner stores can be key partners in improving food access in underserved communities. In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and The Food Trust, American Lung Association in Pennsylvania works with corner store owners to help them sell healthy, affordable food to their community.

Diabetes Prevention Program

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is committed to integrating chronic disease prevention into tobacco control programs. The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing Type 2 Diabetes. The year-long program helps participants make real lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, including physical activity into their daily lives, and improving problem-solving and coping skills. The Diabetes Prevention Program can help people who are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent.

Cancer Control Initiatives

    • The Lung Force Expo is a day-long event that is intended to be a vehicle to educate and support patients and community healthcare providers about screening, new treatments and innovations in detection of lung disease. The event will feature local lung health experts and represents an opportunity for patients to gain valuable insight into their medical issues and network with others who face similar challenges. This year’s LUNG FORCE Expo will be held on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More information can be found at
  • The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania also partners with other organizations in Pennsylvania to implement additional Comprehensive Cancer Control Initiatives.

Contact Info:
Northcentral Region
Counties served: Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union
American Lung Association in Pennsylvania

  • Caitlin Cluck, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone: (717) 971-1121 Fax: 888-415-5757
  • Chelsey Hildebrand, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone (717) 971-1126 Fax: 888-415-5757

Northeast Region
Counties served: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming
American Lung Association in Pennsylvania

  • Caitlin Cluck, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone: (717) 971-1121 Fax: 888-415-5757
  • Chelsey Hildebrand, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone (717) 971-1126 Fax: 888-415-5757

Southcentral Region
Counties served: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and York
American Lung Association in Pennsylvania

  • Caitlin Cluck, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone: (717) 971-1121 Fax: 888-415-5757
  • Chelsey Hildebrand, Tobacco Control Program Manager, Email: [email protected] Phone (717) 971-1126 Fax: 888-415-5757

    Page Last Updated: January 12, 2018

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