June 2020 Newsletter

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June Newsletter

June 26, 2020


Episode 4 of the TSET Better Health Podcast talks about recipes using fresh, local ingredients.

TSET June Podcast Fresh From the Market

This month, episode 4 of the TSET Better Health Podcast brings healthy, local food to listeners. Hosted by TSET employees James Tyree and Cate Howell, the latest episode delves into farmers markets and summer nutrition.

In this episode, listeners can learn about TSET’s partnership with the Scissortail Farmers Market, as well as hear about the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) Project. An exclusive interview with Shelby Sieg, of Lua Mediterranean and Bottle Shop in Oklahoma City's Plaza District and a featured chef with Shape Your Future, talks about healthy recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Find the TSET Better Health Podcast at tset.ok.gov/podcast or anywhere podcasts are found.

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Several bars and nightclubs throughout the state of Oklahoma have gone smokefree this year.

Smokefree Nights Better for Oklahoma

The Free The Night momentum is building. Free The Night, a program funded by TSET, is an organization that works with bar owners to assist them in voluntarily changing their business environment to make it smokefree. This year, several bars and nightclubs have gone smokefree including Edna’s and Blue Note, both in Oklahoma City, and Christie’s Bar, in Altus. For a complete list, click here.

Oklahoma is one of the only states that still allows smoking indoors and currently does not have a law that protects workers, patrons and business owners from secondhand smoke exposure in bars. TSET is committed to working with businesses, schools, churches, and municipalities across the state to improve health and protect all Oklahomans from the dangers of tobacco.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation raising Oklahoma's tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21.

A Step in the Right Direction

In May, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation raising Oklahoma’s tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 into law. The legislation ensures Oklahoma's statutes align with the federal Tobacco-Free Youth Act, which was signed by President Donald Trump in December 2020. The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.

In 2018, Tobacco Stops With Me, a program of TSET, brought attention to Oklahoma's need for common-sense, proven tobacco control policies. The campaign informed Oklahomans about the benefits of tobacco control and prevention policies such as comprehensive smokefree places, raising the minimum tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21, prohibiting smoking in cars with children present and more. Learn more about the policies here.

“I'm pleased to see this law has passed both federally and in Oklahoma. Aligning our state policies with the new federal regulations ensures proper enforcement of this important law in Oklahoma. This is a step in the right direction to reduce tobacco’s burden on Oklahomans, especially our youth,” said Julie Bisbee, TSET executive director. 

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