TSET: Creating a State of Health in Oklahoma

Established by voters, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is a state grantmaking trust devoted to preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, Oklahoma's leading causes of death. By awarding grants to schools, communities, state agencies and partner organizations, TSET works to improve the health of Oklahoma's citizens. It also funds research and emerging opportunities in the public and private sectors. TSET initiatives are addressing Oklahoma's most pressing public health issues — and creating healthier places for all Oklahomans to live, work, learn and play.

Recently, an independent study was conducted to determine TSET’s impact on the health of Oklahomans. Researchers concluded that, because of TSET’s investments in grants and programs, Oklahoma’s smoking rate has dropped 10x faster than similar states. To learn more about the study and its results, click here.

Latest News and Updates

OKLAHOMA TOBACCO HELPLINE SEES A DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE IN REGISTRANTS FOLLOWING PRICE INCREASE
August 6, 2018
The July 1 cigarette and little cigar price increase has encouraged Oklahomans to quit, and thousands are reaching out to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), for free services to help quit tobacco. According to preliminary data, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has seen an 85 percent increase in registrations in the first four weeks of July compared to data from July 2017. More

TSET HEALTHY INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES OPENS
May 22, 2018
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) offers incentive grant programs to Oklahoma institutions to promote and support healthy behaviors and encourage adoption and implementation of tobacco-free environments, access to healthy and nutritious foods, and physical activity. The two newest TSET-funded grants are the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools and School Districts, and the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities. These programs follow previous TSET initiatives designed to engage with partners across Oklahoma that are seeking to improve lives and reduce tobacco use and obesity. More

TSET PREPARES FOR INCREASED DEMANDS TO THE OKLAHOMA TOBACCO HELPLINE DUE TO CIGARETTE AND LITTLE CIGAR PRICE INCREASES
May 22, 2018
The TSET Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a budget for the 2019 fiscal year that sets aside additional funds for the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline to meet anticipated increases in demands for the free cessation services offered by the Helpline. The additional funds is in advance of a $1 price increase on a pack of cigarettes and little cigars. The price increase takes effect July 1. The price increase is estimated to keep 17,300 Oklahomans under 18 from becoming daily smokers, and encourage 18,700 Oklahomans to quit smoking. More

TSET PARTNERSHIP WITH STEPHENSON CANCER CENTER HELPS LAND NATIONAL DESIGNATION
May 2, 2018
Stephenson Cancer Center, which has to date received more than $31 million from TSET, announced that it has achieved the prestigious National Cancer Institute designation. With this award, the Stephenson Cancer Center joins an elite group of 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide. NCI-Designated Cancer Centers represent only the top two percent of cancer centers in the United States. The Stephenson Cancer Center is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in Oklahoma.  More

LOMEGA SCHOOLS HONORED FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH
April 13, 2018
The Lomega Public School District was honored Friday by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) for efforts to improve health for students, faculty and staff. Lomega Public Schools was awarded a $3,000 incentive grant from TSET. To receive the grant, Lomega Public Schools put a variety of policies and strategies in place to promote health and wellness.  More

2016 smoking prevalence: 19.6%Funding 3 medical research centers in Oklahoma

 

Obesity costs Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses