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Oklahoma's TSET: Keeping the Promise for Health

TSET kicks off anniversary celebration of voter approved creation of endowment trust 

TSET is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the voter approval of the constitutional amendment that created Oklahoma's endowment trust for health and prevention. TSET kicked off the anniversary year celebration with a premiere screening of the organization’s history, "Oklahoma’s TSET: Keeping the Promise for Health." Earlier this month, the TSET Board of Directors, staff, grantees and thought leaders that sparked the endowment’s creation reunited at the anniversary celebratory event. Voters approved the constitutional amendment that created the trust in November 2000. 

From left to right: Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson; Secretary of Health and Human Services Terry Cline; TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader; Former Sen. Ben Robinson

The 27-minute documentary, scheduled to air on OETA statewide Jan. 15 at 7 pm, highlights the strategic decision to constitutionally protect funds received from the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and how the creation of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has helped transform the health of Oklahoma.

The documentary will re-air on OETA Jan. 25 at 11:30 am.


Quit for a Day. Quit for Life. #LIVEWITHOUTIT

On November 20, tobacco users were encouraged to quit for a day or quit for life and celebrate the Great American Smokeout (GASO) alongside the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

This day-long event sponsored by the American Cancer Society encourages smokers and smokeless tobacco users to take the first steps toward quitting for good. TSET's Communities of Excellence grantees celebrated the holiday with a variety of activities including a 5K race, setting up quit stations throughout the county, partnering with hospitals to educate physicians and patients about OTH and other cessation services, and creating free quit kits to pass out at sporting events.

To read the full GASO press release click here.


TSET Board of Directors Awards Incentive Grants to Communities, Schools

TSET Board of Directors approves incentive grant for the City of Seminole

The TSET Board of Directors approved a $45,000 grant to the City of Seminole for implementing policies and strategies that encourage residents to eat better, move more and be tobacco-free.


TSET Board of Directors Awards incentive grants to three school districts

The board approved a total of $11,000 in incentive grants to the following school districts: Maud (Pottawatomie County); McLoud (Pottawatomie County) and Pawhuska (Osage County).


Communities of Excellence Grantees Celebrate Great American Smokeout

Quit Kits
Wagoner County Tobacco Use Prevention Chairman Ivy Battles, Coordinator Johnna Sue Blair, Assistant Coordinator Monica McCrary, and coalition member Shannon Lawley preparing for the Great American Smokeout Quit Kit distribution in front of Coweta Fire Station

Great American Smokeout: Quitting Takes Practice


Quitting takes practice. There’s a rule of thumb in tobacco cessation that it takes multiple quit attempts before most people quit for good. That’s why the theme for the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is to “Quit for a day, quit for life.” Across the state this month, coalitions and community groups are educating the public on the benefits of ending tobacco use and encouraging smokers and smokeless tobacco users to quit or set a quit date and put a plan in place.


Kevin Durant MVP challenge to launch

Kevin Durant

Keep an eye out for the Shape Your Future KD MVP Challenge this winter for a chance to win cool KD gear! Shape Your Future and OKC Thunder Player Kevin Durant have partnered together to create a series of healthy challenges for children in Oklahoma.

Shape Your Future wants you to be the Most Valuable Player in your life by showing you ways to eat better, move more and be tobacco free!

KD MVP logo

Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center Joins Innovative Nationally-funded Study

Project BEST focuses on both smokers and nonsmokers in the same household

Project BEST (Bring an End to Smoking—Together), a collaborative research study, provides Oklahomans a unique opportunity to participate in a study that will help researchers determine which types of messages have the most impact on households where both smokers and nonsmokers reside. 

Project BEST is funded by the National Cancer Institute and is conducted by the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (ORTC), which was created through research grants from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

To learn more about Project BEST or how to become part of the study, click here.

Have a Hearty, Healthy Thanksgiving

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Download the full Shape Your Future Healthy Holidays flyer for healthy holiday tips.