ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FOR A HEALTHY NJ
Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey (TFHNJ) is New Jersey’s largest collaborative effort to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use — including vaping — and the harm from secondhand smoke exposure through prevention, education and cessation in all 21 counties, including 11 Quit Centers.
Co-led by the New Jersey Prevention Network and Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, with funding from the NJ Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, TFHNJ engages local coalitions and public health advocates to promote tobacco-free initiatives through 10 regional coalitions.
This comprehensive approach involves a network of coordinated activities to help reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, reduce youth access to cigarettes, vaping and other tobacco products -- and to help those who do smoke or vape to stop. TFHNJ works with schools, colleges, worksites and communities to develop and implement initiatives that promote a tobacco-free New Jersey.
For example, over 400 young people across the state are informing their peers and communities of the dangers of vaping and smoking; over 600 adults have been trained in “Don’t Get Vaped In” so they can educate schools, parents and communities.
We’ve mobilized communities to support several state laws that make New Jersey a national leader -- including Tobacco 21, which raises the age of sale to purchase tobacco products to 21, legislation that prohibits the prohibits the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and the revision to the smoke-free air act which makes all parks and beaches smoke free.
We’ve also assisted New Jersey colleges in joining more than 2,000 college campuses nationwide that are 100% tobacco free. And we’ve helped businesses to provide supportive worksites that are 100% tobacco free.
For more information about TFHNJ please contact:
Irakli (Eric) Kakauridze, State Coordinator for Prevention
Aeberli Begasse, State Coordinator for Cessation