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

POSITION DESCRIPTION: PROGRAM OFFICER - TSET HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
October 15, 2018
The Program Officer is the primary point of contact with grantees and provides the guidance and resources needed by grantees to successfully achieve outcomes and effective implementation of grant programs. The Program Officer uses a variety of methods to fulfill grantee needs such as face-to-face meetings, telephone conversations, videoconferencing and e-mail correspondence. More

TOBACCO STOPS WITH ME COMMEMORATES TEN YEARS OF SUCCESS BY UNVEILING PLAN TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF OKLAHOMA LIVES AND MILLIONS OF STATE DOLLARS
October 10, 2018
Today, Tobacco Stops With Me, Oklahoma’s initiative to educate the public on the dangers of secondhand smoke and preventing tobacco use, commemorated 10 years of improving health with a landmark announcement. Together with partners from across the state, including Oklahoma State Medical Association, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and more than 30 other partners, Tobacco Stops With Me announced a new effort to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in our state. More

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

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

 

Obesity costs Oklahoma $1.72 billion in medical expenses