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									                         SAMPLE ADMINISTRATOR LETTER


Dear _________:

(Optional opening for school already familiar with ALA’s programs/services: )

As a follow-up to the recent success experienced by (school name) in tobacco control
in partnership with the American Lung Association (ALA) of (state), I want to make you
aware of a ALA initiative that you, your staff and students may be interested in at
(school name).

(Standard opening;)

As (Vice/Assistant) Principal of (school name), I am sure you are concerned with the
growing number of students smoking cigarettes. Each day, approximately 4,000 U.S.
teenagers start smoking regularly. One third of these new young smokers will eventually
die from smoking-related illnesses. However, most teens who have smoked at least 100
cigarettes report that they would like to quit but are not able to do so.

In response to this public health issue, the American Lung Association (ALA) of (state)
offers a smoking cessation program, Not-On-Tobacco (N-O-T). The program has been
implemented nation wide and offers a total health approach to helping teens stop
smoking. N-O-T is proven effective with over ten years of research and evaluation.

This premier teen smoking cessation program is gender-sensitive, emphasizes
interactive learning, is voluntary and has a proven track record in having high school
students: (a) stop smoking or; (b) reduce the number of cigarettes smoked; (c) increase
healthy lifestyle behaviors; (d) and improve life management skills.

I am enclosing a copy of the N-O-T brochure. In addition, I would welcome the
opportunity to take just 30 minutes of your time to further discuss this popular, school-
based initiative with you in person.

To that end, I will call you next week. In the meantime, should you have any questions,
please feel free to call me at (phone number). I look forward to talking with you next



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