ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that $9.4 million will be awarded to local organizations that fight teen smoking.
The state Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Control will award funding amounts from $325,000 to $500,000, totaling $9.4 million already allocated to the department in the current state budget. The money will go to 25 local organizations around the state over five years. Local organizations must submit applications by Tuesday.
"We have made a lot of progress in making our state healthier by reducing smoking but there is more we can do to make New York smoke free," Cuomo said in a statement. "Through these awards, we are using community-based strategies to combat tobacco use and promote chronic disease prevention. This funding will support the prevention and reduction of smoking helping New Yorkers be healthier and live longer."