Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program is jointly managed by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund
If current trends continue, tobacco-related deaths will number around one billion in the 21st century. Tobacco kills more than six million people each year, almost 14,000 people every day. More than two-thirds of tobacco deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. (The Tobacco Atlas)
Since 2006, Michael R. Bloomberg has committed almost US$1 billion to support an initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries, through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Initiative will continue to support tobacco control organizations and governments in low- and middle-income countries through to 2022.
The Grants Program is a priority of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.
The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is implemented though its partner organizations: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization.