The China Tobacco Control Partnership seeks to change social norms around tobacco use and reduce its burden in China. To address this objective the Partnership launched the Tobacco-Free Cities grant program in 2009.

The program targets specific cities and focuses on:

  • protecting non-smokers from exposure to secondhand smoke,
  • preventing the initiation of smoking,
  • promoting cessation among current smokers.

The cities were selected based on a wide range of factors including strong local government support for tobacco control efforts, commitment of the lead organization to the expectations of the Tobacco-Free Cities program, a city’s perceived stage of readiness for change, population and socio-demographics, and geography.

The Partnership collaborates with the China-based non-governmental organization, The ThinkTank Research Center for Health Development, to support these cities in developing successful and sustainable tobacco control programs. Together, they provide training in evidence-based, best practice tobacco control methods and programming, and technical assistance addressing the unique needs of each city. Going forward, these cities can become models for city-based tobacco control programs throughout China.