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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Donates $750,000 for Tobacco Prevention ProgramThe Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Utah has received a $750,000 SmokeLess States grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help reduce tobacco use in the state. The Utah coalition is comprised of organizations and individuals who want to curb tobacco use among adults and, especially, young people. The grant will be used to fund a public-education and advertising campaign on health issues related to tobacco use. "If we can keep kids from smoking before they reach age 18, it's unlikely they will ever start," said coalition spokesperson Dawn Fitzpatrick. SmokeLess States, a tobacco-prevention program, operates in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants to assure health care access at reasonable cost, improve the way health services are organized, and reduce the personal, social, and economic harm caused by substance abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
FCnote: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (NJ) had assets of $5,257,995,541 and made grants totaling $76,893,451 in the year ending 12/31/95.
"Utah Coalition Receives $750,000 Grant to Help Reduce Tobacco Use." Salt Lake Tribune 4/6/97, p. B5.
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