Tuesday city councilors approved putting money in the special revenue fund for a tobacco prevention and control coalition grant.
The total amount would be a little less than $300,000 and come from the Texas Department of State Health Services and Wichita County.
The money will include a 5 person staff who will work in schools educating kids about the harmful affects of tobacco and will elect some students to be advocates for the program.
Health officials say this grant has helped other Texas cities reduce their smoking rates significantly.
“What they saw in those communities that had this same grant, they had a 39% reduction in smoking rates in youth and a 27% reduction in adults, that's huge, that's so significant so we are hoping for similar results here, which would be amazing,” says Amy Fagan with the Wichita County Health Department.
The money will renew each year for the next 5 years.
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