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The mission of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia (CTFWV) is to educate the public about tobacco-related issues and advocate for policies that reduce, with the intent to eliminate, tobacco use in West Virginia.
The CTFWV is a statewide organization made up of private citizens and member organizations representing a cross-section of West Virginia, including health care organizations, public and private businesses, schools, civic organizations and interested individuals.
Established in 1989, the Coalition’s efforts have resulted in significant public policy victories including expanded clean indoor air regulations, state tobacco prevention funding and increases in tobacco excise taxes.
Working to change the culture of tobacco use in West Virginia.
Tobacco related costs impact everyone in West Virginia. According to the American Lung Association:
Smoking Attributable Deaths – 4,280
Adult Tobacco Use Rate – 25.2%
High School Tobacco Use Rate – 26.6%
Economic Cost Due to Smoking – Over $1 billion dollars annually
Only through comprehensive tobacco control and prevention efforts – coupled with strong public policy – will this burden be reduced. The CTFWV works with state and local agencies, government officials and policy makers, as well as private sector enterprises to fight tobacco’s cost to make West Virginia a healthier place to live and work.
The mission of CTFWV is to improve the health of West Virginia residents by decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use (including vaping) and exposure through education, public policy, and advocacy using culturally competent, and evidence-informed approaches with the intent to eliminate, tobacco use in West Virginia.
The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free West Virginia supports a significant increase in West Virginia’s tobacco excise tax. Increasing tobacco excise taxes is the single most effective strategy in reducing tobacco use, particularly among children. It is a key component in a comprehensive tobacco use prevention program.
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