Providence Community Groups Receive Federal Funding to Fight Tobacco Use
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
“[The initiative's] goal will be to alert the public to the dangers of tobacco use, to help tobacco users quit, and to work with young people to ensure their healthy development,” said Mayor David Cicilline.
The campaign will establish policies aimed at restricting tobacco access and marketing, especially in susceptible, low-income communities. It will provide free services for quitting smoking to the uninsured through the Providence Community Health Centers, establish a smoke-free program in Providence Housing Authority sites, create smoke-free campuses, and restrict tobacco sponsorship in public schools. With funds from the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) the program will also intensify police enforcement of underage tobacco sales.
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