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Giles County to Receive $30,301 in Funding to Reduce Tobacco Use

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 10:44am

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Department of Health Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD, will join other state and local officials on Wednesday, April 23, at the Giles County Health Department in Pulaski to present $30,301 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. Giles County will focus its first year project on preventing youth from initiating 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:                      David Reagan, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, Tennessee Department of Health

Jeffrey Kriseman, PhD, MSc, Chief Public Health Informatics Officer, TDH

Janet McAlister, South Central Regional Assistant Health Director and Giles County Health Director, TDH

                                Janet Vanzant, Giles County Executive

                                Sen. Joey Hensley, MD, District 28

                                Rep. Barry Jay Doss, District 70


What:             Presentation of Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program funding

When:             Wednesday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Where:            Giles County Health Department

                        209 South Cedar Lane

        Pulaski, Tennessee  38478

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Shelley Walker, 615-253-5184 or or Janet McAlister, 931-490-8885 or

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