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March 2, 1994

AMA Office Directs SmokeLess States

JAMA. 1994;271(9):643. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510330011004

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SITE VISITS this spring leading to grants awarded in the summer will implement the latest attempt by the American Medical Association (AMA) to foster tobacco education and antismoking awareness activities across the nation. The national program office, situated in the AMA, will administer and direct a new program called SmokeLess States: Statewide Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiatives, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Thomas P. Houston, MD, director of the AMA's Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, is program director; Kathleen C. Harty, MEd, is deputy director. The $10-million, 4-year program will make grants to statewide coalitions working in partnership with community groups.

Children and youth are the particular targets of this antitobacco intervention, which will also take aim at such other populations with high levels of tobacco use as minorities, women, low-income groups, and blue-collar workers. The grantees are expected to develop and put into practice comprehensive

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