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TSET Newsletter

March 23, 2017

Oklahoma Youth Takes a Stand Against Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day

With the youth-targeted hashtag of #iKickButts, the 2017 Kick Butts Day celebration encouraged youth across Oklahoma to stand up for tobacco-free environments by attending events and exploring the resources offered by Tobacco Stops With Me.

TSET grantees partnered with organizations across the state to hold events for Kick Butts Day. The TSET Healthy Living Program in Cherokee County hosts an annual event with local youth from Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) action groups who join forces with community and coalition members to pick up cigarette butts in the city parks.  

“When we started, it was just a few youth picking up thousands of nasty cigarette butts,” said Carol Choate, grant coordinator for the TSET Healthy Living Program in Cherokee County. “Now, our small group has become much larger and includes a lot of other local organizations.

Choate added, “In fact, the cigarette butts collected from our parks have been presented to city councils by our youth to show that it’s time to look at whether we should even allow smoking in our parks. That’s how big of a difference a few youth can make on our communities.”

Research Volunteers Wanted

Research Study

Are you between the ages of 14 and 21? Are you a parent of a 14-17 year old? 

Dr. Francesco Versace, Ph.D. of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and his research staff are looking for eligible participants between the ages of 14 and 21 for a study to assess differences in the brain responses of adolescent and young adult smokers and non-smokers. The whole procedure is safe and non-invasive and will take about 2 hours. There is no cost to you and if eligible you will be compensated for your time.

Created in 2008 with TSET funding, OTRC provides research to identify, evaluate and disseminate best practices in tobacco control and translate research into practice.

Call 405-271-1389, e-mail, or click this link for more information.

Join the Movement: National Public Health Week


This year, National Public Health Week will be April 3-9. National Public Health Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the power of prevention and public health initiatives.

In Oklahoma, TSET is partnering with groups and organizations across the state to address the most pressing public health issues and creating healthier places for all Oklahomans to live, work, learn and play.

Because of TSET, smoking rates have dropped 10 times faster than states with similar cigarette taxes and clean air laws – that means there are 127,000 fewer smokers in Oklahoma and 42,000 lives have been saved in our state, according to a recent analysis by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oklahoma.

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.

Be sure to follow TSET social media during National Public Health Week to learn more about how TSET policies and strategies are making a difference and improving the health of all Oklahomans. 

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