Faith Communities

The National African American Tobacco Education Network created a guide in support of tobacco free congregations.

Churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques, and other houses of worship are centers of spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.

Congregations across the country are declaring support for smokefree air and actively partnering in local and statewide campaigns that protect their communities from the health dangers of secondhand smoke exposure.

If you are a smokefree advocate, consider collaborating with congregations within your community in support of smokefree air. Click here or on the image for tips on approaching and engaging the faith community to work with your coalition to promote the health and well-being of your community.

Faith Communities Resolve to Oppose Tobacco

Several religious groups and organizations have written resolutions opposing tobacco use within their respective faith communities, stating that tobacco does not represent a holistic view of health. Although these are national organizations, local and individual congregations are writing their own resolutions in efforts to minimize health problems resulting from secondhand smoke.

ANR encourages all faith communities to declare a prayer for smokefree air, adopt a smokefree policy at your respective place of worship, and/or get involved in our local smokefree air campaign. Contact ANR if you are a faith group or a spiritual leader who wishes to adopt a smokefree resolution or a congregational policy in support of smokefree air, or to get involved locally. We would love to hear from you.

Click here to access ANR's model smokefree policy for congregations. Feel free to adjust the model policy to fit your congregation's needs.

Faith United Against Tobacco Participants as of July 20, 2010

American Baptist Churches of the South
American Baptist Churches USA
American Muslim Foundation
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Church of the Brethren
Church Women United
Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
General Commission on United Methodist Men
Health Ministries Association
House of God Church, Inc, Chief Dominion
International Parish Nurse Resource Center
Islamic Society of North America
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
National Advocacy Center, Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Association of Evangelicals
National Council of Churches of Christ
National Episcopal Health Ministries
National Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive National Baptist Convention
Rabbinical Assembly
Seventh-day Adventist Church
United Church of Christ – Justice and Witness Covenanted Ministry
United Methodist Church, Women's Division
United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Unitarian Universalists
World Sikh Council — American Region
Additional Resources
Faith Communities Making Smokefree News

Catholic Charities of Wayne County institutes tobacco-free policy
Wayne (NY) Post - March 14, 2012
By Leigh Hunziker

Catholic Charities of Wayne County collaborated with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes to establish a tobacco-free policy ...

The Salvation Army of St. Petersburg, Florida Starts the New Year in a Healthy Way
The Tobacco Free Coalition of Pinellas County Presents Award for Committing to Smoke-Free Campus
PR Web (press release) - January 31, 2012

Another way to help carry out this mission is by providing a smoke-free work and living ... and educate parents on the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Faith Forum: How does the issue of faith relate to the debate on smoking
Indianapolis Star - December 17, 2011

Despite the Indianapolis City-County Council's recent failure to adopt a stricter smoking ban for the city, the General Assembly is now considering taking up the measure. Clearly, the issue is not going to go away. From a faith perspective, why should a person consider whether or not to quit smoking? ...

Church hosts former tobacco exec to talk about going smoke free
WPDE 15 (Conway, SC), 2011-09-11
Lindsey Theis

About 100 people turned out to event hoping to ash out smoking. The Mason Temple Church of God and Smoke Free Horry held an event Saturday morning. ...

Catholics, other faith groups lobby for smoke-free workplaces
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-06-24
Kate Shellnutt

During the last week of the state legislature special session, the Texas Catholic Conference is amping up its campaign for bans on smoking in most public places and workplaces, legislation that has gotten broad support from religious groups across the state. ...

LETTER TO Michael Weiner, Executive Director Major League Baseball Players Association (PDF)
Tobacco-Free Baseball (CTFK), 2011-05-30

We are writing to you today on behalf of Faith United Against Tobacco - a coalition of national faith organizations - to urge that the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) agree to a ban on all tobacco use on the field and in the dugout. ...

Religious leaders: Thou shall not use chewing tobacco on the baseball field
Houston (TX) Chronicle, 2011-05-31
Kate Shellnutt | Believe It or Not | a blog

Religious leaders have joined Bud Selig in encouraging Major League Baseball to ban smokeless tobacco (better known as dip or chew) from ballparks. ...


VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 3/6/09)—Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, national coordinator of Public and Social Advocacy for National Ministries, was heavily involved in helping to introduce legislation to Congress on March 3 that would place regulation of tobacco products under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

United Methodist Men join effort to help reduce teen smoking
Worldwide Faith Network, 2006-09-18
Linda Green

The Commission on United Methodist Men has joined a coalition of faith groups to help reduce teen smoking. ...

Attack on smoking gets papal blessing
The Guardian (uk), 2004-12-31
John Hooper in Rome

The Vatican has signalled that it is considering adding its global influence to the campaign against smoking, in an article likely to send tremors of apprehension through the multi-billion-pound tobacco industry. ...