Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence aka STAND, got its start in 2000 as a result of “students taking action against nicotine dependence on college campuses." The students conducted grass roots advocacy campaigns on colleges, in bars, in night clubs, and in the community to counter the tobacco industry’s influence and targeting of young adults in these venues.
STAND’s current focus is tobacco control policy, advocacy and systems change, as well as tobacco cessation.
STAND receives funding from the California Tobacco Control Program, the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, Sierra Health Foundation and CVS Caremark.
STANDing Up to Tobacco
Providing greater protection from tobacco smoke exposure on college campuses and at multi-family housing communities.
Following the State Health Officer’s Report on E-cigarettes and the passage of recreational marijuana, local cities and counties are urged to include these two products in their no smoking laws. We believe everyone has the right to breathe air free from toxic air contaminants like tobacco and marijuana secondhand smoke and vapor aerosol where they live, work, play and learn.
CVS Smoking Cessation Project
As a result of CVS Health’s “Be The First Tobacco-Free Generation” Initiative, Breathe receives funding to conduct a anti-tobacco Public Service Announcement Contest for middle and high school youth that are showcased at the Breathe Youth Media Awards. In addition, Breathe conducts educational workshops on new and emerging tobacco products, the influence of smoking in media and target marketing of youth in the retail environment.
Learn, Work, Breathe Smoke Free
This project focuses on tobacco-free policy adoption, implementation and enforcement on community college campuses, universities and vocational institutions. STAND, in partnership with the schools, advocates for the right to breathe clean air on school campuses.
Live, Breathe, Choose Smoke Free
This project educates residents and the rental housing industry on secondhand smoke issues in multifamily housing and advocates for laws to protect individuals and families from the secondhand smoke. STAND and the Rental Housing Association developed www.smokefreerental.com, a searchable database for residents seeking smoke-free housing and for agents to list smoke-free properties.
R3 Crew Research Project
Which is more effective in helping community college students to quit smoking: a referral to the student health center, peer-to-peer motivational interviewing, or referrals to the California Smokers’ Helpline? That is the question the R3Crew Research Project is attempting to answer. A pilot project was conducted at Sacramento City College and funding is being sought to scale up the research to all four of the Los Rios Community Colleges. Partnering with the University of California, Davis Medical Center the research aims to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions for college students.
STAND Program Staff
- Kimberly Bankston-Lee
Senior Program Director
- Carol Maytum