Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Arkansans by mitigating the health and economic impact of alcohol, tobacco and drug usage through education, prevention, cessation, and public policy.



NWATDFC believes everyone has the right to make informed decisions concerning their health and the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.



The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco and Drug Free Coalition serves Benton, and Washington Counties by working toward the elimination of exposure to second-hand smoke, reducing tobacco advertising and promotion targeted toward youth, as well as reducing youth access to tobacco, drugs and alcohol products.



  • The NWATDFC is the oldest tobacco coalition in the state of Arkansas.
  • In 2004, NWATDFC was an integral partner in the passage of a City Ordinance making all of Fayetteville’s restaurants smoke free
  • 2011 Arkansas Cancer Coalitions’ Community of Excellence Award
  • American Cancer Society honored Fayetteville as a Top Arkansas Accomplishment in the Fight Against Tobacco
  • Awarded the 2005 Washington Regional Medical Center- Amethyst Award in recognition of an organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community
  • Recipient of the 2011 Washington Regional Medical Center Eagle Award for Outstanding Health Leadership.
  • Washington and Benton Counties consistently places below the state average of adult tobacco use.
  • Established “Think Free” youth teams across three Washington County School Districts.
  • Partnered with Environmental And Spatial Technologies (E.A.S.T.) programs to create student produced PSA’s.
  • Collaboration with local law enforcement for 20 prescription drug take back events and 15 tobacco policy enforcement trainings: Fayetteville Police Department, Springdale Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Rogers Police Department.
  • Facilitated alcohol merchant compliance checks and ID enforcement policies in Fayetteville and Springdale, with the help of the Alcohol Beverage Control agency.
  • Partnered the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville and Yvonne Richardson Community Center to host The Real Conference.
  •  Implementing prescription drug disposal boxes throughout Washington County



NWATDFC is a community-based coalition that works to mitigate the health and economic impact of tobacco, alcohol and other substances on the residents of NWA.

These efforts include a variety of intervention areas based on the Center for Disease Control Best Practices for Tobacco Control Program. The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America frames the work plan and logic model of the DFC grant. Together the coalition focuses on the following programs:

  • Building community partnerships
  • Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke by creating tobacco free environments
  • Promoting cessation and the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline (1-800-784-8669)
  • Preventing youth initiation to alcohol, tobacco and other substances.
  • Eliminating tobacco and substance abuse related health disparities.



Funding for the NWATDFC is made possible through three grants and serves two counties in Northwest Arkansas:

  • In 2000, Initiated Act 1/CHART Plan, Arkansans voted to spend the MTS dollars in various health care activities, including Tobacco Control and Prevention.
  • Arkansas Department of Health (TPCP) Grant serves ALL residents in Washington County.
  • A Sub-grant from the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office at the university of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (MISRGO) serves the minority residents in Washington and Benton counties.
  • In 2013, the coalition was awarded the highly successful and coveted Drug Free Communities Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.