MINNEAPOLIS, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, the ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors approved 14 grants to
The new research grants, totaling $625,000, will be awarded to the following organizations:
"ClearWay Minnesota's aim is to fund research that will impact policy and practice within Minnesota and nationally," said David J. Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer of the organization. "This research will help address smoking in populations with some of the highest tobacco disparities in the state."
Additionally, local policy grants will be awarded to eight Minnesota organizations working to raise the tobacco age and tobacco prices, to restrict flavored tobacco products and to increase funding for tobacco control and prevention. The organizations are:
In addition to the local policy grants, the American Lung Association in Minnesota – Greater Mankato and the Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota will receive grants to provide technical assistance to other organizations conducting tobacco advocacy work. All told, the grants total $1.26 million.
"Local organizations have the best knowledge and judgment about their communities' readiness for tobacco prevention policies," said Willoughby. "These organizations have track records of meaningful policy change to reduce youth tobacco initiation, and we believe they will accomplish even greater things with our help."
About ClearWay MinnesotaSMClearWay Minnesota is an independent nonprofit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN® stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement. For more information on ClearWay Minnesota or QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit clearwaymn.org.
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