Washington state will receive $2.25 million over the next three years to fight tobacco use among young people.
The grant comes from the American Legacy Foundation, which was created under the 1998 tobacco industry settlement. The foundation, which oversees a $1.45 billion nationwide education campaign, also announced awards to 17 other states today.
The Washington grant, one of the largest, will be matched by state funds.
The grants will be used to expand and strengthen Saving Ourselves from Unfiltered Lies, a statewide anti-tobacco youth organization. Grants of between $150 and $10,000 will allow teams of young people to develop and conduct media campaigns against tobacco use among their peers.
A state youth tobacco summit will be held at the end of the first year, as well as regional summer institutes.
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