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Johnson County to Receive $50,000 in Funding to Reduce Tobacco Use

Friday, March 28, 2014 | 10:13am

Mountain City  – Tennessee Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Bruce Behringer will join other state and local officials on Tuesday, April 1, at the Johnson County Courthouse in Mountain City to present $50,000 in funding as part of the Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program.

Each county in Tennessee will receive funding during this three-year program to reduce the burden of tobacco use in the state. All counties are challenged to set goals and select one or more projects that address three topics:  eliminating smoking during pregnancy; reducing infants’ and children’s exposure to second-hand smoke; and preventing child and adolescent tobacco use. Johnson County will focus its first year efforts on a variety of projects to prevent child/adolescent tobacco use.

Funding from the Tobacco Settlement was provided to the Tennessee Department of Health for fiscal years 2014-16 to address the state’s high rate of tobacco use and prevent expensive related medical costs. The plan to distribute $15 million over three years has been generated with input from all 95 counties. This plan includes a variety of projects to target behaviors designed to protect the health of Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations:  unborn babies, pregnant women and children.

Who:  Bruce Behringer, Deputy Commissioner for Continuous Improvement and Training, Tennessee Department of Health

           Cindy Sayler, Northeast Regional Assistant Health Director and Unicoi County Health Director, TDH

           Beth Rader, Northeast Regional Community Services Director, TDH

           Caroline Hurt, Johnson County Health Director, TDH

           Larry Potter, Johnson County Mayor


What:  Presentation of Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program Funding


When:   Tuesday, April 1, 10 a.m. EDT


Where:  Johnson County Courthouse

                222 West Main Street

                Mountain City, Tennessee  37683

MEDIA CONTACT:  Beth Rader, 423-979-4591 (office), 423-915-6913 (cell) or

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