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Washington Department of Health is looking for your feedback!

The agency was awarded ongoing funding to rebuild the commercial tobacco prevention and cessation program, and are in the process of developing a spending plan. A draft spending plan is available for review and your feedback will be accepted through June 20, 2023. A final feedback discussion will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 12 – 1 pm PST, hosted by Washington Breathes. The plan will be finalized by July 2, 2023.


Health Equity Series: The History of African Americans, Tobacco, and Racism

Please join Washington Breathes for the first session of our Health Equity Capacity-Building Series led by our partners at The Center for Black Health and Equity.

Understanding the history and context of commercial tobacco use and its disproportionate impacts on African Americans and other communities of color is critical to identifying ongoing inequities and industry tactics.

Community Based Prevention Capacity Building Grants Available

[This post was updated on April 18 & 24, 2023]

The Washington State Department of Health is excited to release the Request For Funding Application: Community Based Prevention Capacity Building Grant.

The following documents are required to review thoroughly for a successful application submission:

Opportunity for prevention professionals & others to sign educational policy statement regarding tobacco

WA Breathes invites you to join in signing on to this educational policy statement to demonstrate broad support for restoring adequate state investment in evidence-based, equity-focused strategies to reduce the use of addictive and harmful commercial tobacco products.

2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which shows how people living in America reported about their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021.

Applications open for youth advocate of the year awards!

Each year since 1996, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has honored outstanding youth advocates who are leading the way to the first tobacco-free generation. 

This year's awards ceremony will take place on May 18, 2023, in Washington, D.C. 

Awards will include on Barrie Fiske National Youth Advocate of the Year ($10,000 scholarship), one group winner ($2,500 grant) and four individual winners ($2,500 scholarship each). 

Applications are due by February 19, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

California's ban on flavored tobacco products allowed to move forward

On Monday, December 12, 2022, the Supreme Court denied a request made by a group of major tobacco companies to block California’s recently passed ban on flavored tobacco products, allowing for a lower court’s decision permitting the ban to stand.

Ban of flavored tobacco products in California

The following contains excerpts from an article by Hannah Wiley that was originally posted on the Los Angeles Times site.  Full article can be found at:

Washington Breathes Coalition Forming

Substance abuse professionals and organizations interested in smoking and vaping prevention and nicotine cessation treatment are encouraged to engage in a new statewide coalition. Washington Breathes is launching as a participant-driven, equity-focused partnership to address commercial tobacco and nicotine dependence at a policy, systems, and environmental changes level. Learn more at 

2021 Monitoring the Future Survey outcomes released

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan conducts an annual survey completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12. A subset of that group is tracked through adulthood. Their headline finding of the Monitoring the Future survey this year was that marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults 19 to 30 years old reached all-time high in 2021. 
Other key findings for young adults from the press release include: