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Crockett County to Receive $15,930 in Funding to Reduce Tobacco Use

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | 10:37am

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, will join other state and local officials on Thursday, June 5, at the Crockett County Health Department in Alamo to present $15,930 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. Crockett County will focus its first-year projects on preventing child and adolescent tobacco use and reducing infants’ and children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

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:  John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

           Leslie Humphreys, MPA, Assistant Commissioner for Community Health Services, TDH

           Marilyn Barnes, West Regional Health Director, Tennessee Department of Health

           Danna Taylor, Crockett County Interim Health Director, TDH

           Gary Reasons, Crockett County Mayor

           Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, District 82

What:  Presentation of Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program funding

When:  Thursday, June 5, 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Crockett County Health Department

                209 North Bells Street

Alamo, Tennessee  38001

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Shelley Walker, or 615-253-5184 or Myrtle Russell, or 731-421-6778.

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