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OKLAHOMA CITY (Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016) – The TSET Board of Directors approved $21,000 in grants to three school districts and three school sites through the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program on Thursday at its quarterly board meeting.

(Oklahoma City, OK – Thursday, Oct. 27) Nearly 7 in 10 cigarette smokers are looking for a way to quit – and many smokers have turned to e-cigarettes for help.  A researcher at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center has received a 5-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of e-cigarette usage on smoking rates.

Did you know diseases from smoking cause about 480,000 fatalities per year in the United States alone? Almost half of these deaths occur in people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. People with mental illness smoke nearly half of all cigarettes produced. 

Nationally, about 1 in 5 adults have some form of a behavioral health disorder, and about a third smoke cigarettes. In Oklahoma, nearly 46% of adults with a behavioral health disorder smoke cigarettes. 

 Oklahoma City (October 26, 2016) – The hiring of a new executive director for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to succeed retiring Executive Director Tracey Strader continues to move forward. Ms. Strader announced earlier this year she plans to retire on January 6, 2017. She has served as the Executive Director since 2002.

Okmulgee (October 18, 2016) –  The City of Okmulgee on Tuesday was honored  by representatives from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) who recognized city officials and local partners for their commitment to improving health and quality of life in their community. 

The City of Okmulgee was awarded its second Healthy Communities Incentive grant of $37,000 for achieving the Gold level which includes adopting policies and strategies that promote health and quality of life.


Thomas Larson
Director of Public Information and Outreach