Grant to help pre­vent, re­duce smok­ing of­fered

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELKTON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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 jen­nifer.pad­gett@mary­land.gov or 410-996-5168.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the health depart­ment.

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