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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

TSET Healthy Living Program Investments in Communities Generate Significant Health Benefits for Oklahomans
Nov. 17, 2020
TSET is achieving milestones in health through its tobacco prevention and wellness initiatives. A recent report showed that its five-year Healthy Living Program initiative invested in 47 community groups partnering with more than 2,000 local organizations, schools, businesses and municipal governments throughout Oklahoma. Read More

TSET Healthy Youth Initiative Program Moving Forward
Nov. 12, 2020
A new survey shows the serious health challenges faced by Oklahoma youth: vaping products lure Oklahoma youth to tobacco products and create nicotine addiction, and youth do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Read more

TSET Board of Directors Awards Healthy Incentive Program Grants to Communities and Schools
Nov. 12, 2020
The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Tobacco Endowment Settlement Trust (TSET) on Thursday approved 13 incentive grants for communities and schools through the TSET Healthy Incentive Program. Read more

Great American Smokeout Offers Smokers Chance to Begin Quit Journey
Nov. 10, 2020
On Nov. 19, smokers across Oklahoma and the U.S. are encouraged to make a plan to quit tobacco for a day – or for a lifetime – during the Great American Smokeout. Since 1970, the American Cancer Society event has raised awareness about tobacco cessation and encouraged tobacco users to begin their quit journey. Read More

TSET Statements on SQ 814
Nov. 3, 2020
TSET remains committed to constitutional mandate following voters' decision on SQ 814. See official statements from the TSET agency and Dr. Bruce Benjamin, chair of the TSET Board of Directors. Read Statements

TSET Helps Attract 42 Doctors to Rural/Underserved Communities Throughout Oklahoma
Oct. 23, 2020
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma Physician Manpower Training Commission (PMTC) announced the successful placement of 42 doctors through the physician loan repayment program serving rural and underserved communities across the state. Read More

TSET Encourages Oklahomans to Quit Tobacco, Take Action During Healthy Lung Month
Oct. 13, 2020
October is National Healthy Lung Month and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) encourages Oklahomans to breathe easy by quitting tobacco and working together to create more smoke- and vape-free places. Read More

Shape Your Future Partners With OSU and OU Athletics to Help Fans Choose Water on Gamedays
Oct. 1, 2020
Three Oklahoma organizations are partnering to encourage Oklahomans to drink more water this college football season. Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), has joined Oklahoma State University (OSU) Athletics and University of Oklahoma (OU) Athletics, in a collaboration to provide free water bottles at home football games to encourage fans to choose water. Read More

Because of TSET, Oklahoma smoking rates have dropped 10x faster than similar states. 2019-SmokingPrevalence.jpgFunding 3 medical research centers in OklahomaObesity costs Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses