THIS MONTH'S FEATURE
The SOL Project
Mission: The SOL Project, Saving Our Legacy, advocates for healthy, smoke-free communities for African Americans and other populations who suffer disproportionately because of social conditions and tobacco use.
The SOL Project works tirelessly on a regional and state level to drive change through public health policies and create new community social norms. Their work is grounded in social justice from the lens of social determinants of health, and inequities behind the public health crisis, caused by targeted marketing from the commercial tobacco and vaping industries.
They work diligently to achieve objectives around restricting the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products, establishing 100% smoke-free public spaces, and updating definitions around smoking in the Gold Country Region.
The SOL Project provides technical assistance for tobacco control partners, community members, and trains youth advocates. SOL is an active founding member of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), which has led to successful efforts in a joint lawsuit against the Federal Drug Administration in 2020. In 2019, the SOL Project worked closely with community partners to educate the City of Sacramento about the need to protect the community from new and emerging tobacco products targeting youth. On January 1, 2019, the City of Sacramento successfully passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco and vape products.
The SOL project continues to collaborate on a local, state, and national level to eliminate the sale and distribution of smoking products.