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Who We Are

Truth Initiative® is America’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making commercial tobacco use and nicotine addiction a thing of the past. We investigate, expose and amplify the truth about smoking, vaping, and nicotine through groundbreaking research and policy studies, our award-winning truth® campaign, community activism and engagement, and innovation to end tobacco use.

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Our mission

Truth Initiative is dedicated to achieving a culture where young people reject smoking, vaping and nicotine.

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Our impact

Our 20 years of lifesaving work has prevented millions of young people from becoming smokers — including 2.5 million between 2015 and 2018 — and helped drive down the youth smoking rate from 23% in 2000 to less than 3% today. We’re proud of that success, but our work won't stop until we achieve a culture where all young people reject smoking, vaping and nicotine. See how we’re doing.

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Our team

The fight to end tobacco use among young people wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and expertise of our incredible staff and board of directors.

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Our history

It all began in 1998 with the Master Settlement Agreement, the largest civil litigation settlement in American history and a landmark agreement that opened the doors to the American Legacy Foundation, later renamed Truth Initiative.

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We’re proud to report on the progress we’ve made toward a future where commercial tobacco use and nicotine addiction are things of the past.

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The Master Settlement Agreement changed the face of tobacco control in America.

​Read about the MSA