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Oklahoma health advocates kicked off a statewide effort to improve the health of the citizens of the state today with a new campaign called Shape Your Future. The campaign was unveiled in Oklahoma City at a launch that was the culmination of the mysterious “5320” campaign that has appeared throughout Oklahoma the last four weeks.

Gov. Mary Fallin, with the help of State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline and other notable state leaders, discussed the need for bold action to improve Oklahoma’s poor health statistics.

Oklahoma health officials announced today that youth smoking rates in Oklahoma dropped in 2009, reducing the number of Oklahoma children who will suffer from a lifetime of addiction, disease and early death.

According to the bi-annual 2009 Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey, 20.2 percent of Oklahoma high school students were current cigarette smokers, down from 23.4 percent in 2007. The 2009 survey also found that 6.5 percent of Oklahoma middle school students were current cigarette smokers, down from 7.5 percent in 2007.

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 24, 2010) – The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) during its quarterly meeting approved a proposal creating a virtual research center to be known as the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research. This $5.5 million investment in adult stem cell research over the next five years will catalyze the work of Oklahoma scientists, leverage resources obtainable from the federal government and other funding entities, and help attract additional talent to the state.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18, 2009) – The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) during its quarterly meeting today approved funding to support adult stem cell research beginning in fiscal year 2010. The vote followed presentations on Adult Stem Cell Research in Oklahoma and its Relevance to Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease by Courtney Houchen, MD, Chief, G.I. and Digestive Diseases Section, Department of Medicine, OUHSC; and Stephen M.

OKLAHOMA CITY - State health officials are reporting a record number of calls to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline in response to a 62-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax. The increase in federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products will take effect March 31, 2009 and will apply to both tribal and non-tribal sales.

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Whitney Dinger
Public Information and Outreach Specialist
405-521-4959
whitneyd@tset.ok.gov