Grant to help prevent, reduce smoking offered
— The Cecil County Health Department is offering funding to help a county organization or business prevent or end tobacco use.
Six $400 mini grants are slated to be awarded, said Jennifer Padgett, a community health educator with the Cecil County Health Department. She said each grant goes toward one activity for the six nonprofit organizations or businesses chosen.
The aim is geared toward helping to support a tobacco-free environment and provide smoking prevention education materials as well as information on electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes. Padgett said an activity must encourage smokers to go to the county health department and, or, the Maryland Tobacco Quitline (MTQ) for tobacco cessation services.
Some ideas include tobacco-free paint days or a tobacco-free essay or poetry contest, but applicants are encouraged to invent their own activities, she said.
“The idea is that these activities will support a change in the norms of our community, so that people can be seen tobacco free and being healthy is a positive thing,” Padgett said.
She said if smokers want to quit they can come to the health department for resources to help.
To learn more about the grant application or to apply, contact Jennifer Padgett at email@example.com or 410-996-5168.
Applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the health department.