Broome County Health Department Awarded Grant for Tobacco Control

Binghamton, NY – The Broome County Health Department has been awarded a five-year grant worth $325,000 annually to educate and engage community stakeholders and youth to change policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use. This grant will build on previous grant-funded tobacco control work by our organization and support Broome and Tioga County’s tobacco control efforts in our region. This grant allows for more comprehensive programming across New York by providing all counties in the state with access to the resources of a community engagement program and the youth action efforts known as Reality Check. The grant was awarded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control. 

The Broome County Health Department will engage local stakeholders, educate community leaders and the public, and mobilize community members and organizations to strengthen tobacco-related policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use. Efforts will also focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing smoking imagery through the media. As part of this grant, all counties of New York State will now engage a youth action component known as Reality Check.
“Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in this Country so this is extremely important work,” said Claudia Edwards, Director of the Broome County Health Department. “We are proud to be part of a statewide effort to prevent youth smoking and create tobacco-free communities where New Yorkers live, work and play.”
The primary goals of this grant are to:
  • Reduce the impact of retail tobacco marketing on youth
  • Establish tobacco-free community norms through tobacco-free outdoor air policies
  • Reduce secondhand smoke exposure through smoke free housing policies
  • Reduce tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies
  • Reduce tobacco industry presence on social media.
There were 25 grants awarded to organizations across New York State totaling $9.4 million annually. These grants are intended to create change at the population level and maximize the state’s tobacco control efforts to have the greatest effect on the most people. Funding began July 1 and ends March 31, 2019.


07/22/2014 - 10:07am