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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 9, 2013) -- The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) at its quarterly meeting on Thursday approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and finalized funding agreements with 58 grant-supported programs across the state.

The board approved a $40 million budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 9, 2013) -- The Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust on Thursday honored its last founding board member.

The seven-year term for board member Susan Walters Bizé ends in June. Bizé, a certified public account and attorney from Edmond, was appointed to the board in 2000 and re-appointed for a second seven-year term in 2006. Bizé is an appointee of the State Auditor and Inspector.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 17, 2013) –  A $48.6 million payment was deposited into the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund today after Oklahoma received a $64.8 million payment as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. With the addition of this year’s payment, Oklahoma has received $1.04 billion in payments over the 15 years since the settlement.

With today’s payment, the endowment’s total balance is $797 million. Only the earnings from investments are used to fund grants and programs focused on preventing and reducing tobacco use and other programs to improve health.

Oklahoma City (Feb. 4, 2013) – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today in her State of the State address called for the restoration of local rights for Oklahoma communities allowing communities to decide to be 100 percent smokefree.

The TSET Board of Directors and Oklahoma State Board of Health have approved resolutions in support of restoring local rights that allow cities to pass smokefree ordinances. To date, ten communities across the state have also passed resolutions asking for the restoration of local rights.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 12, 2012) -- Health rankings released Tuesday show the health of Oklahomans is improving, but challenges still remain and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) continues to make improving Oklahoma’s health a priority.

The United Health Foundation’s report for 2012 lists Oklahoma 43rd among the 50 states in rankings that look at indicators like smoking, sedentary lifestyle and access to primary care physicians.

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Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach
405-521-4992
julieb@tset.ok.gov