Anti- Tobacco Program to Award Money Locally

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control will be awarding the total amount of 9.4 million dollars to twenty- five organizations throughout the state. Each sum will be about $325,000 to $500,000 and will be awarded to community organizations that will help prevent smoking tobacco in New York State by educating 13 to 18 year olds in the dangers of tobacco through support groups. Recently the New York Public Interest Research Group completed a study that shows tobacco companies are spending more money to get around existing laws, and the group criticized this award program is an attempt made by the Governor to distract from what is in their opinion a lack of current spending on anti- tobacco programs. Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo’s administration, stated that tobacco usage in the state has actually gone down, teen smoking by 56 percent from 2000 to 2013.

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