The Tobacco Free Project (TFP) has been offering free tobacco cessation services to San Francisco residents since 1991. From 1991-2000, tobacco cessation services were funded through Proposition 99, the tobacco tax initiative and the cornerstone for the Tobacco Free Project’s cessation project is housed at SFGH, where weekly group-based programs, and monthly relapse prevention groups have been offered for over two decades.
In addition to cessation services, the core program at SFGH engages in provider training, program evaluation, systems change, technical assistance/ consultation in grant writing and development, and policy change. The SFGH program has the strong support of the medical providers as well as a strong following of former smokers. SFGH adopted a 100% smoke free campus policy in 2008, becoming one of the first urban public hospitals to adopt such a policy.