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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

New Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Campaign Tackles Youth Obesity in Oklahoma 
Feb. 23, 2021
Oklahoma has the eighth highest youth obesity rate in the country, with an estimated 150,000 children who are classified as overweight or obese. To help reverse this trend, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is launching Swap Up, a media campaign focusing on youth obesity prevention across the state. Read More

Through With Chew Week Offers Oklahomans an Opportunity to Quit Smokeless Tobacco
Feb. 11, 2021
Through With Chew Week, Feb. 21-27, focuses on offering those Oklahomans who use smokeless tobacco the opportunity to quit, with FREE help from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of TSET. Read More

Making Healthier Choices in 2021 is Possible with TSET Program
Feb. 8, 2021
Shape Your Future, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), is making it easier to make healthy choices in 2021. Shape Your Future is partnering with organizations across the state to help Oklahoma families adopt healthy habits. Read More

TSET Board of Directors Approves Youth Advocacy and Education Program
Jan. 28, 2021
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors is seeking to empower Oklahoma youth to improve health outcomes for future generations. Teens are facing increasing threats to good health as rates of vaping and obesity continue to climb in Oklahoma and nationally. Read More

TSET Board of Directors Elect New Officers
Jan. 26, 2021
The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors on Tuesday chose new officers to lead the board in 2021. Michelle Stephens, of Weatherford, was selected as chair of the Board. Stephens had previously served as vice-chair. Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., of Claremore, was selected as vice-chair. He had previously served as chair. Read More

TSET Helps Bring World-Class Scientists to Health Promotion Research Center
Jan. 13, 2021
Three new faculty have joined the TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. Read More


Because of TSET, Oklahoma smoking rates have dropped 10x faster than similar states.

2019 Oklahoma Adult Smoking Rate

Funding 3 medical research centers in OklahomaObesity costs Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses