Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) is an initiative designed to make healthy living easier by promoting environmental changes at the local level. Through funding awarded by the CDC in 2010, 50 communities are working to prevent obesity and tobacco use- the two leading preventable causes of death and disability.
The city of Austin and Travis County, Texas have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. One success includes work with Supported Austin Travis County Integral Care, the mental health and substance abuse authority in Travis County, to transition all 36 outpatient clinic sites to become tobacco-free.
Check out this resource, www.livetobaccofreeaustion.org, to learn more about this community’s success.