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 the Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania & West Virginia, as well as the advocacy lead for the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT). Molly is responsible for leading and implementing the statewide policy agendas, statewide advocacy strategy, program development & implementation, and continual management of all advocacy projects. Molly received her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from Point Park University.