Texas County Coalition receives $125,000 TSET grant funding for Tobacco Control Programs
KSCB News - September 23, 2011 10:45 am
Texas County Coalition has received $125,000 from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust as a grantee in the Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control program. Texas County Coalition works with the Texas County Health Department to assist tobacco prevention efforts in Texas County .
During the past year, Texas County Coalition worked with communities, businesses and schools to improve the health of Oklahomans by identifying key contact holders, passing 24/7 Tobacco Free School Districts, teaming up with Aggie Peers from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma, and taking part in community driven events.
“We are dedicated to making Texas County a healthier place to live,” said Kristi Love. “This grant enables us to establish smoke free environments and programs that prevent youth smoking and help people quit tobacco. It’s our goal to create a community in which children can grow up tobacco free, and help is available to anyone who wants to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. ”
At its September meeting, the TSET board of directors renewed more than $6 million in Communities of Excellence in Tobacco Control program grants to 34 coalitions serving 51 Oklahoma counties and one tribal nation. The programs impact the lives of more than 85 percent of Oklahomans.