Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Southern Tobacco Communities Project

(1994 - 2001)

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the IEN helped to find ways of navigating around the devastating cuts suffered by tobacco farming families, while mitigating the harm caused by tobacco products. During this process, farmers, health advocates, and community development advocates reached agreements about the uses of funding from the settlement announced between the tobacco companies and the states. In Virginia, these discussions produced legislation as farmers and health advocates joined together in an unprecedented alliance to craft a plan to fund compensation for the losses of tobacco farming communities as well as programs to fight youth access to tobacco products.