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The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors on Thursday announced that John Woods has accepted the board’s offer of employment for a permanent executive director position.

The board unanimously agreed to extend the offer to Woods at their quarterly board meeting on Thursday. Woods has been hired to lead TSET following the retirement of the current executive director Tracey Strader later this year. Woods, of Norman, has extensive experience in public affairs, policy and business.

Selected candidate demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, its mission, operations and future opportunities

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 3, 2016) -- The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors announced at its board meeting on Thursday that an offer has been extended to a final candidate for the position of executive director. 

OKLAHOMA CITY (Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016) – The TSET Board of Directors approved $21,000 in grants to three school districts and three school sites through the TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant program on Thursday at its quarterly board meeting.

(Oklahoma City, OK – Thursday, Oct. 27) Nearly 7 in 10 cigarette smokers are looking for a way to quit – and many smokers have turned to e-cigarettes for help.  A researcher at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center has received a 5-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of e-cigarette usage on smoking rates.

Did you know diseases from smoking cause about 480,000 fatalities per year in the United States alone? Almost half of these deaths occur in people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. People with mental illness smoke nearly half of all cigarettes produced. 

Nationally, about 1 in 5 adults have some form of a behavioral health disorder, and about a third smoke cigarettes. In Oklahoma, nearly 46% of adults with a behavioral health disorder smoke cigarettes. 


Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach