Our History and Mission


The DC Tobacco Free Coalition (DCTFC) is a partnership of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition and the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health). The Coalition was created in 2006, with financial support from District's tobacco settlement funds. Our mission is to improve the health of the District of Columbia residents by decreasing the morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use and exposure through education, public policy, and advocacy using culturally & linguistically competent approaches.

With the participation of local health activists, health care providers, community-based social and health support organizations, we work to advance comprehensive tobacco cessation and prevention programming for DC residents aimed at reducing deaths and diseases caused by tobacco use.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, killing over 700 DC residents each year and causing a significant decline in the quality of life for every person who smokes. Smoking also affects the entire family when a family member smokes around them. It causes serious health consequences for nonsmoking family members, especially young children. DCTFC is committed to making sure all DC residents who smoke have access to smoking cessation treatment options so they can QUIT and stay quit for good.