Washington Breathes is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to eliminate the harmful use of commercial tobacco and other nicotine products.
A strategic planning group convened in the spring of 2021 to explore forming a new statewide partnership to prevent youth tobacco use, reduce nicotine dependence, and eliminate health inequities due to commercial tobacco use. An amazing group of individuals from different sectors worked together to develop the foundation for a diverse, participant-driven, equity-focused, statewide coalition. With the formal launch of Washington Breathes in September 2022, we invite you to join us and continue to build an effective, action-oriented coalition.
See our growing list of member organizations.
A healthier Washington, where commercial tobacco-related inequities are non-existent and where all people in our communities, across generations, are free from nicotine addiction, disease and premature death caused by commercial tobacco.
To bring together diverse partners from a variety of sectors to build capacity, collaborate, increase understanding, support cessation, and develop policy, systems, and environmental changes aimed at eliminating inequities and the negative effects from commercial tobacco use, sales and marketing.
Our intention is to use these values as a compass as we work together to reach our goals and fulfill the mission of Washington Breathes.
The Washington State Department of Health’s Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program (DOH CTPP) is providing funding for development and coordination of Washington Breathes through a state tobacco grant from the Centers for Disease Control and some state funding. DOH CTPP participates in the coalition as a member, serving on the Steering Committee. This partnership aligns with and enhances efforts to achieve the state’s commercial tobacco strategic plan (2021-2025).
A part-time coalition organizer position is currently funded through a contract with DOH CTPP. Contact our coalition organizer at email@example.com
We use the term commercial tobacco to differentiate clearly from use of traditional tobacco by Indigenous peoples.
Commercial tobacco is tobacco that is manufactured and sold by the commercial tobacco industry, and is linked to addiction, disease, and death. Commercial tobacco includes any product that contains tobacco and/or nicotine, such as cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, hookah, pipes, heated tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and other oral nicotine products. Commercial tobacco does not include FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine patches or gum.
Some American Indian tribes use tobacco as a sacred medicine and in ceremony to promote physical, spiritual, emotional, and community well-being. This traditional tobacco, which may be tobacco and/or other plant mixtures, is different from commercial tobacco and is used differently in sacred practices. When used appropriately, traditional tobacco is not associated with addiction and adverse health impacts.
Understanding each other is critical to our effective work as a coalition. Please see our list of Shared Terminology & Concepts for more explanations. Your questions and clarifications about these terms are always welcomed.