Who We Are
Alexandria will be the most tobacco-free city of its size in America by the end of 2015.
To prevent death and disease and reduce health disparities in the City of Alexandria caused by tobacco use and by involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke and other unhealthy indoor air contaminants.
Prevent youth and young adults from starting to use tobacco.
Motivate and assist tobacco users to quit.
- Reduce the level of exposure to secondhand smoke, especially for children and adolescents.
- Reduce health disparities for populations most adversely affected by tobacco use and tobacco-related illnesses.
- Fostering community input and collaboration
- Empowering individuals and families to make healthier choices
- Emphasizing research and evidence-based solutions
- Making a difference
The Coalition has existed for more than three years and in that short period it has:
- Partnered with the Alexandria Health Department in promoting “Proud to Be Smoke-Free”, an effort that successfully encouraged more than 90 percent of restaurants in Alexandria to go smoke-free voluntarily (prior to the adoption of state law that required them to do so);
- Sponsored a demonstration Smoke Free Homes and Cars campaign to educate the public about the dangers of secondhand smoke for children; and
- Led the initiative that convinced City Council to authorize the placement of signs in every City-woned park, playground, and bus shelter requesting individuals to respect the health of others and refrain from smoking in those sites.