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November 28, 2016

Lake County General Health District Receives Tobacco Prevention Grant

November 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      CONTACT: Kathryn Milo, 440.350.2447

November 28, 2016                                                                                       LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT



The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) recently received a $270,000 tobacco prevention grant from the Ohio Department of Health. Together with, and as a member of the Lake Geauga Ashtabula Tobacco Prevention Coalition (LGATPC), LCGHD will continue current tobacco programming and create new tobacco prevention initiatives in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties.

The LGATPC will work on four tobacco prevention priority areas:

  1. Coordination of youth-led tobacco education and advocacy groups;
  2. Adoption of outdoor tobacco-free policies in school districts, parks, event sites and businesses;
  3. Surveillance of tobacco retailer advertising; and
  4. Adoption of smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing in Metropolitan Housing Agencies, Section 8, and those of private owners.

“This grant fills a great need for tobacco prevention efforts in the tri-county area,” commented Catherine Bevan, LCGHD Health Educator. According to Bevan, the 2011 Lake County Community Assessment revealed that the current Lake County adult smoking rate is 23.2%, while the current smoking rate for those 18 years and under is 19% in Lake County. In Geauga and Ashtabula counties, the adult smoking rate is 14% and 22%, respectively, while the current smoking rate for those 18 years under is 26% in Geauga County and 24% in Ashtabula County. The average age of onset of smoking in all counties is around 13 years of age.

If you are interested in learning more about adopting a tobacco-free environment in your school, business or community, please contact Catherine Bevan at 440-350-2442. Members of the LGATPC include the Ashtabula City Health Department, Ashtabula County Health Department, Crossroads, Geauga County Health Department, Lake Area Recovery Center, Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; LCGHD, and Ravenwood Health.


Marianne Rusnak
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