Dr. Novello Announces Additional $4.75 Million in Grants for Local Tobacco Control Programs

Increase Brings Total Support for Coalitions To More Than $7 Million

ALBANY, October 25, 2000 – State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced that the State will award $4.75 million in grants to local tobacco control programs that will work with the State Department of Health in a coordinated manner to help reduce smoking in New York State.

Dr. Novello said, "As the components of the State's anti–smoking program are unveiled, it will be recognized as the most comprehensive and most aggressive campaign in State history to stop youths and adults from smoking. Today's announcement of an additional $4.75 million for our partners at the local level is an integral piece of our plan. We will be working closely with local organizations to ensure that we have a comprehensive and coordinated program to reduce smoking."

As part of the Governor's $60 million anti–smoking campaign, New York is providing more than $7 million to a network of 25 community programs that will cover 100 percent of the State's population. These funds, which come from the recently enacted Health Care Reform Act of 2000, will enable the local programs to provide a variety of educational and advocacy efforts that will help New York meet its overall mission of significantly reducing the impact of smoking on New Yorkers.

Dr. Novello said that community–based tobacco control coalitions have proven to be effective in preventing and reducing tobacco use through local involvement and partnerships. Coalitions have considerable discretion in choosing specific activities for their communities. They provide education and training programs, support communication campaigns, encourage community involvement and establish local plans of action. Local programs have been instrumental in helping to reduce the impact of second hand smoke in their communities.

As stated in his 2000 State of the State address, Governor Pataki's goal is to reduce teenage smoking by 50 percent over the next five years. Under the Governor's leadership, New York State has undertaken the most aggressive anti–smoking campaign in State history, including a $20 million statewide media campaign that will target both youths and adults.

The State's $60 million statewide anti–smoking campaign includes:

  • support for school–based tobacco prevention programs;
  • creation of the largest anti–tobacco advertising program in State history;
  • promotion of smoking cessation services;
  • support for a statewide tobacco quitline; and
  • coverage of prescribed and over–the–counter smoking cessation products.

"Under Governor Pataki, New York has the most comprehensive anti–smoking campaign in State history. The campaign incorporates youth input and CDC's best practices, which will have a significant impact in reducing smoking across the State," Dr. Novello said.

Coalitions receiving grant funding:

Coalition Counties Additional
Funding Amount
Chenango $100,000
Livingston $100,000
Sullivan $100,000
Montgomery/Fulton/Hamilton $140,000
Greene/Columbia $140,000
Oswego $150,000
Delaware/Otsego/Schoharie $150,000
Genesee/Orleans/Wyoming $160,000
Ulster $160,000
Chemung/Schuyler/Steuben $180,000
Broome/Tioga $180,000
Jefferson/Lewis/St. Lawrence $180,000
Ontario/Seneca/Wayne/Yates $180,000
Dutchess $190,000
Chautauqua/Cattaraugus/Allegany $190,000
Oneida/Herkimer $190,000
Tompkins/Cortland/Cayuga/Madison $190,000
Onondaga $205,000
Warren/Washington/Saratoga/Franklin/Essex/Clinton $205,000
Albany/Rensselaer/Schenectady $230,000
Monroe $230,000
Erie/Niagara $300,000
Putnam/Orange/Westchester/Rockland $300,000
Nassau/Suffolk $300,000
New York City $300,000
Grand Total $4,750,000

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