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Grant awarded to fund tobacco use prevention efforts

The Health Department was awarded a $150,000 tobacco use prevention grant from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The grant money will be used in efforts to: prevent children from becoming addicted to tobacco products; promote system, environmental and policy changes regarding use of tobacco products; and support cessation programs for Kansas Citians who want to quit smoking.

Funding from the CDC and MDHSS will continue to support Tobacco Free KC, a community collaborative working to prevent tobacco use. A Tobacco Free KC project that will continue is a program that makes it easier for physicians to refer smokers who want to quit to local cessation programs.

Randall Funding & Development, Inc. wrote the grant request. The Randall Group began assisting the City with grant requests and renewals in June to maximize grant revenue and offset the loss of administrative positions due to retirement, vacancy loss and the hiring freeze.

The Health Department encourages individuals who want to quit smoking or work on tobacco use prevention initiatives to call Tobacco Free KC, (816) 513-6211.

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