SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- The Snohomish Health District recently received two grants from the Washington State Department of Health to reduce tobacco use and residents’ exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. The voter-approved initiative to raise the tax on cigarettes funds the grants, which total nearly $135,000.
“These grants are a significant supplement to our program, and we appreciate the state’s decision to direct the funds to this county,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, health officer for Snohomish County. “Tobacco addiction remains the number one killer in the nation, and local public health is doing its best to fight it,” he said.
The two grants are in addition to $467,400 annually allocated to Snohomish Health District from the national Tobacco Settlement funds and other state and federal funds for tobacco prevention and control work in Snohomish County.
Snohomish Health District received $60,020 to determine tobacco prevention programs that will work best for the Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes. Additionally, the Health District’s Tobacco Prevention and Control team will partner with the Tribes to provide smoking intervention training for the Tribes’ clinic staff, and to establish teen tobacco prevention clubs specific to Native American culture.
The second grant, an award of $74,628, will be used to develop and implement a social marketing plan for reducing exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. With partners Educational Services District 189 and Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes, Snohomish Health District activities include a poster contest for elementary and middle school students. The prizewinning poster will be made into a billboard.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.