Breathe Free CLE

Location: Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, population 1.263 million

The Problem: In Cleveland, nearly 36 percent of adults smoke and almost 25 percent of high school students use tobacco products.  

Cleveland signHealthiest Cities & Counties Approach: Breathe Free CLE is tackling tobacco prevention/cessation by working with partners to engage change at the policy, community, organizational, interpersonal and personal levels. Breathe Free CLE will target both youth and adults and will increase the awareness of the harms of tobacco use, increase the number of quitting attempts and decrease the use of tobacco products.

Cleveland has been recognized as an Innovator City in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge for efforts to reduce rates of tobacco use in youth through a community-based program. #healthiestcitieschallenge