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OKLAHOMA CITY (February 24, 2010) – The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) during its quarterly meeting approved a proposal creating a virtual research center to be known as the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research. This $5.5 million investment in adult stem cell research over the next five years will catalyze the work of Oklahoma scientists, leverage resources obtainable from the federal government and other funding entities, and help attract additional talent to the state.

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18, 2009) – The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) during its quarterly meeting today approved funding to support adult stem cell research beginning in fiscal year 2010. The vote followed presentations on Adult Stem Cell Research in Oklahoma and its Relevance to Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease by Courtney Houchen, MD, Chief, G.I. and Digestive Diseases Section, Department of Medicine, OUHSC; and Stephen M.

OKLAHOMA CITY - State health officials are reporting a record number of calls to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline in response to a 62-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax. The increase in federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products will take effect March 31, 2009 and will apply to both tribal and non-tribal sales.

OKLAHOMA CITY (September 17, 2007) - In an increasing effort to combat our state’s leading preventable cause of death, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust today announced the award of $525,000 in grants to seven local coalitions serving 12 Oklahoma counties.

TULSA (May 18, 2007) - The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) today announced the award of a grant to establish the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) as the latest addition to the board’s comprehensive program to reduce tobacco use. The announcement of the award of $4 million over a five-year period was made Friday at a meeting of the TSET Board of Directors in Tulsa.

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Julie Bisbee

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