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Frequently Asked Questions About Taking Down Tobacco

THE BASICS

WHAT IS "TAKING DOWN TOBACCO"?

Taking Down Tobacco is a FREE, comprehensive youth advocacy training program created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation. It educates and engages youth by providing introductory training for youth new to the fight against tobacco and advanced training to help young leaders take their advocacy to the next level. Taking Down Tobacco empowers youth to create change in their schools, communities and states and help create and #BeTheFirst tobacco-free generation.

CAN ANYONE COMPLETE TAKING DOWN TOBACCO TRAININGS?

Taking Down Tobacco is open to middle and high-school students, and adults who work with youth on tobacco prevention.

I’M AN ADULT – WHERE DO I FIT IN?

While all of our trainings are designed for a youth audience, we provide resources to adult allies to share trainings with the youth leaders they work with, including:


Our team also offers all training courses in-person, including Taking Down Tobacco, Become a Trainer and our Core 4. If you are interested in having our team speak at your next event, please complete our speaker request form.

Download our Taking Down Tobacco Implementation Guide for ideas on how you can use the program to supplement your current work.

SOUNDS COOL! WHERE DO I START?

The first step is to take the introductory course,Taking Down Tobacco 101. This course will teach you the basics about tobacco, including the dangers of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, the many types of tobacco products and how they are marketed, and the proven solutions that can win the fight against tobacco.

I’VE BEEN FIGHTING TOBACCO FOR YEARS. DO I REALLY NEED TO TAKE THE INTRODUCTORY COURSE?

Yes, everyone must complete Taking Down Tobacco 101 to access the other courses offered through the program. We realize that some advocates may already know the material in the course, but taking this course is important: It will prepare you to take both the advanced training courses (Core 4) and the Become a Trainer course, where you will learn how to deliver the training to youth in your community. In order to deliver the training successfully, it’s important that you have been through Taking Down Tobacco 101.

Added bonus? You can count on us to have the most up to date stats and information.

I’M IN! HOW DO I SIGN UP?

I FINISHED TAKING DOWN TOBACCO 101. WHAT’S NEXT?

Once you’ve completed Taking Down Tobacco 101, you can become a certified Taking Down Tobacco Trainer and you can also access our advanced trainings, the Core 4.

By completing our Become a Trainer course, you will learn the skills to train other youth advocates and deliver the Taking Down Tobacco 101 course in your own community. This course includes tips on engaging and inspiring your audience and customizing the training for your community.

WHAT’S THE CORE 4?

The Core 4 consists of four advanced advocacy trainings for users who have completed Taking Down Tobacco 101. Core 4 trainings are focused on developing effective messages for advocacy campaigns, working with the media, communicating with community leaders and elected officials, and creating impactful advocacy events.

HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST?

Taking Down Tobacco is a completely FREE online program.

POINTS, GRANTS AND GEAR, OH MY!

On top of providing Taking Down Tobacco free of cost, we want to reward YOU for helping us take down tobacco! You earn points by completing training and logging advocacy actions. These points can be redeemed for swag, mini-grants and more.

To learn more, visit our incentives page.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS

WHAT IS THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS?

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit organization, is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by preventing kids from smoking, helping smokers quit and protecting everyone from secondhand smoke. For more information, visit www.tobaccofreekids.org.

WHO FUNDS THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS?

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids relies on contributions from individuals, philanthropic foundations, corporations and other non-profit organizations. We accept no government or tobacco industry funding. Find out how to make a donation.

HOW ELSE CAN YOUTH BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS?

Youth can become involved with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids through our youth initiatives: Kick Butts Day, Youth Engagement Alliance, National Youth Ambassadors and Youth Advocates of the Year Awards. To learn more about these youth initiatives, click here.

ABOUT THE CVS HEALTH FOUNDATION

WHAT IS THE CVS HEALTH FOUNDATION?

The CVS Health Foundation is a private foundation at the center of CVS Health’s corporate philanthropy program. The CVS Health Foundation provides support and resources for communities, nonprofit partners, pharmacy schools and its colleagues. The CVS Health Foundation supports tobacco-free living through the company’s Be The First initiative.

WHAT’S CVS HEALTH’S BE THE FIRST INITIATIVE?

CVS Health’s Be The First initiative is a five-year, $50 million initiative to help deliver the first tobacco-free generation and extend the company’s commitment to helping people lead tobacco-free lives. With support and funding through CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation, Be The First supports comprehensive education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming delivered by a group of national partner organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Taking down Tobacco is part of this initiative. For more information about Be The First initiative and CVS Health’s broader commitment to tobacco-free living, please visit www.cvshealth.com/be-the-first.