Tobacco-Free Coalition

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The San Francisco Tobacco-Free Coalition is a diverse grassroots coalition of health, youth-serving, and environmental agencies from around the Bay Area.  

Tobacco-Free Coalition members prioritize and lead educational and organizing campaigns for a variety of tobacco control initiatives, including limiting availability and promotion of tobacco products, capacity building of community partners, cessation programs, Health Retail SF, and others. The diverse nature of the Coalition assures that the interests and needs of all the many different communities in San Francisco are considered and expressed before actions are taken.

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The Tobacco-Free Coalition has successfully participated in the passing of several tobacco control ordinances in San Francisco. This has positioned San Francisco as a leader in tobacco control, international trade and environmental issues, and as a major metropolitan city with political influence. Some of the major policies that have been adopted as a result of the Coalition’s hard work include:

  • The banning of tobacco vending machines
  • Prohibition of tobacco and alcohol advertising on city property
  • Creation of smoke-free worksites and restaurants
  • Requirement of a tobacco retailers permit
  • Banning of smoking in common areas of multi-unit housing complexes and requiring the disclosure of where smoking is allowed by landlords
  • Prohibition of tobacco products to be sold at pharmacies
  • Smoke-free parks, outdoor events, and farmer’s markets
  • Addressing the proliferation of e-cigarettes with regulations on their use
  • Raising the minimum age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21

The Tobacco-Free Coalition has also taken its efforts beyond its borders in order to address the global pandemic caused by the tobacco industry. For more information on the Coalition’s Global Efforts.

For a more in depth look at the historical Actions of the Coalition and its partners.