TOOLS FOR IMPACT

The fight to reduce tobacco use in Rhode Island is not a simple task. It requires a multi-faceted approach to educate the public, rally stakeholders, achieve policy change, and ensure that it’s being enforced. This page will guide you to the tools you need at each step of that process. Using the resources we’ve provided you can be a successful change-maker in your own community.

 

Policy Tools

Policy Tools
Policy change is at the core of tobacco control efforts. Local ordinances, state regulations, minimum age requirements, smokefree workplace laws, and smoking bans within public and private institutions are just some of the ways that progress is made. This section contains the tools you need to achieve policy change, such as policy briefs on a range of issues, lists of state legislation and local ordinances, and information on current tobacco-related issues.

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Capacity Building Tools

Capacity Building Tools
Real change comes not from one person acting alone, but from groups of committed, engaged citizens working together towards a goal. This section will help you organize for change with guides and tools to assess the readiness of your campaign, build a coalition, and plan a successful campaign.

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Educational Tools

Educational Tools
If policy change is the goal and organizing a campaign is the way to achieve that goal, then information is one of the most important tools at your disposal. You will need to educate yourself fully and then share information with citizens and elected officials about the dangers of smoking, committed volunteers about how to advocate for change, and many more people along the way. This section provides fact sheets on a range of tobacco-related issues, training guides for volunteers and community groups, and other resources to inform an effective campaign.

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Enforcement Tools

Enforcement Tools
Policy change looks great on paper, but it won’t achieve real world results without enforcement. This page provides some of the tools you’ll need to hold state and municipal agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders accountable, including fact sheets for compliance checks, signage, point-of-sale retailer tools, and instructions for reporting health claims.

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Media Tools

Media Tools
Media coverage is one of the most effective way to amplify your efforts to fight tobacco use in your community and educate the public about the need for change. This section will help you get your campaign in the spotlight, with tips for working with the media and marketing events, templates and how-to guides for writing press release, op-eds, and more, and our own media toolkit.

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