Louisiana colleges and universities are among those targeted for an initiative designed to make higher education institutions in the United States smoke- and tobacco-free.

The American Cancer Society and CVS Health announced a three-year, $3.6 million initiative to provide grants to 125 colleges and universities. The Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative is part of a nationwide effort to deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation.

CVS Health Foundation will provide the funding. The Cancer Society will award the grants in 19 states with the greatest need for stronger smoke-free campus policies. Twenty-five grants will be awarded in the first year and 50 will be given out in each of the second and third years.

Other states targeted are Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.