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  Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (RTPC) Network
The Clean Indoor Air program provides funding for the Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinator (RTPC) Network.
  American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) battles cancer with the help of donations, volunteers and various programs and works with businesses to support programs to improve employee wellness.
  American Lung Association
The American Lung Association promotes lung health with the help of volunteers, various programs and corporate gifts and grants. Find out more about the American Lung Association of West Virginia and their vision of "a world free of lung disease."
The WVU Prevention Research Center and the Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program (formerly known as the Office of Drug Abuse Intervention Studies) established the Evaluation Oversight and Coordinating Unit (EOCU) with a grant from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH). As a division of the PRC and T2R2, the EOCU serves as an independent evaluator for WVBPH’s Division of Tobacco Prevention (DTP). The unit ensures that every activity funded by the DTP is evaluated to (1) determine the extent to which program and activities meet their goals, (2) establish what approaches work best, and (3) understand how to make program improvements. It also provides consistent standards for assessment and criteria for success.
  Break Free Alliance
The goal of the Break Free Alliance is to end the cycle of tobacco use and poverty by engaging key organizations serving low SES populations in tobacco control efforts and to assist them with resource development and assessments, technical assistance, capacity building, and evaluation to prevent and reduce tobacco use in low-income communities.

Low socioeconomic status (SES) individuals have poorer health, exhibit fewer healthy behaviors, and are less likely to pursue preventive health care.  These underserved populations are multi-ethnic, multi-cultural communities having little to no resources that provide tobacco education or control services.  Throughout the U.S., children and adults in low SES populations suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.  Clearly, there is a need to network groups and organizations servicing low SES populations in a national effort to reduce tobacco use.  Connecting such groups is one of the Alliance's goals.

Tobacco Taxes and their impact on populations of low socioeconomic status.  This document summarizes studies on the issue, and provides recommendations for advocates to direct funding back into tobacco prevention and cessation programs that serve low SES individuals.

  County Coalitions
County Tobacco Prevention Coalitions are made up of citizens interested in promoting tobacco prevention in their communities. Coalitions participate in health fairs, tobacco cessation programs, promoting smoke-free environments and various other activities.
Department of Health and Human Resources
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