The Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT), under the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania, is a statewide coalition that educates the public and elected officials about clean indoor air, tobacco taxes, and other critical tobacco control issues. PACT is primarily funded by a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Members of PACT include tobacco control advocates, healthcare professionals, government agencies, community leaders, business owners, and the general public.
PACT was founded in 2001 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association. For over 15 years, PACT has worked with local coalitions, regional contractors, and national health organizations to strengthen tobacco control laws across Pennsylvania that can prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, help people who use tobacco quit, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. PACT develops educational materials to share with legislators and community members, provides training for members on advocacy strategies and tobacco control issues, and supports the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU), Pennsylvania’s youth-led tobacco control movement.
Molly Pisciottano is a Health Promotions Specialist with the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania and her primary role consists of managing the youth tobacco prevention program known as the Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU). Molly received her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from Point Park University. She presently oversees TRU recruitment/member engagement, while providing necessary trainings to TRU Advisors as well as youth advocacy trainings for TRU Youth. In addition, she assists with the organization of TRU Storms/Events, keeps up to date on TRU social media and the TRU website, and works on other tobacco control initiatives such as Tobacco 21, smoke-free housing and smoke-free college campuses.
Niki Knopsnyder is the Pennsylvania Advocacy Specialist with the American Lung Association and the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT). Niki’s work is primarily focused on grassroots advocacy efforts. Niki handles the administration and management of various PACT projects including: PACT membership recruitment and engagement, PACT Notes, advocacy trainings and advocate support, tobacco prevention and control funding sustainability efforts, PACT advocacy events, the statewide tobacco point of sale initiative, PACT/TRU integration, and other special initiatives.