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Grantees From Across the State Gather for TSET Day at the Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 26, 2015) — The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) on Thursday hosted TSET Day at the Capitol. Staff and volunteers from nearly 60 TSET-funded programs gathered at the Capitol to educate about their work and network with elected officials and other grantees.

TSET, a grant-making state agency, funds the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, public education campaigns, community and statewide grants and support for research institutions, all in a strategic effort to improve the health of all Oklahomans.

TSET Day at the Capitol provides the opportunity for various grantees to showcase how their TSET grant-funded work is helping improve health in Oklahoma. The day also included two screenings of the TSET history documentary, “Oklahoma TSET: Keeping the Promise for Health.”

 “TSET Day at the Capitol highlights grantees who are working in cities, schools, businesses, and with other public and private partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice for Oklahomans,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director.  

“This event gives our state leaders and the public an opportunity to learn more about how Oklahoma’s tobacco settlement funds are being put to work to research and reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease by preventing tobacco use, obesity, our state’s leading causes of preventable death.”

TSET’s grants support a variety of initiatives, including a program to increase the number of doctors in medically underserved areas of Oklahoma, promote cancer research and treatment statewide and support comprehensive efforts to improve the health of Oklahomans, where we live, work, learn and play.

The TSET Board of Directors, appointed by statewide elected officials and members of the legislature, have placed a priority on grants and programs that seek to reduce the leading causes of death in Oklahoman – cancer and cardiovascular disease – by working to reduce tobacco use and improve physical activity and nutrition.  

Created by voters in 2000, TSET uses only the earnings from the investment of payments from the Master Settlement Agreement to fund grants and programs. Oklahoma is one of 46 states that sued the tobacco industry and participated in the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. Oklahoma was the first state to constitutionally protect its portion of the Master Settlement Agreement payments.

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.tset.ok.gov.