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OKLAHOMA CITY (September 29, 2005) - The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust today announced the award of nearly $1.8 million in grants to 16 local coalitions to implement the Communities of Excellence program to reduce tobacco use in Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 8, 2004) - The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust today announced the award of nearly $1.5 million in grants to 20 local coalitions to reduce tobacco use in Oklahoma.

"The Communities of Excellence grants program challenges local coalitions to build on their experience in tobacco control and other health issues to develop comprehensive programs that reduce tobacco use throughout the community," said Susan BizË, Chair of the Board of Directors.

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 13, 2003) - During a two-day strategic planning retreat November 7 and 8, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers, established meeting dates for 2004 and authorized funding for four major initiatives in tobacco use prevention and cessation.

Robert McCaffree, M.D. was honored for his two terms as the founding Chair of the Board of Directors, having served in that capacity since August 2001. Oklahoma laws limit the service of the Board Chair to no more than two consecutive one-year terms.

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 30, 2003) - The first independent audit of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund is a clean one for State Treasurer Robert Butkin, his fellow members of the trust fund's board of investors and the fund's board of directors.

The audit firm of Finley & Cook issued an "unqualified opinion," sometimes referred to as a favorable opinion, on the financial statements of the trust fund. Additionally, the audit firm noted "no material instances of noncompliance and no material weaknesses in internal control."

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 17, 2003) - The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund unanimously adopted resolutions Wednesday, calling for an increase in the state excise tax on tobacco products and supporting workplace smoking restrictions.

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Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach
405-521-4992
julieb@tset.ok.gov