BACODA receives funding for tobacco coalition

Published 02/24/2014

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KEMAH, Texas -- The Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol’s Galveston County Community Coalition (GCCC) received new funding for implementation of a comprehensive tobacco coalition called Tobacco Prevention Control Coalition-Galveston County (TPCC). A Tobacco Prevention and Control grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) includes various programs and projects running the gamut from policy change to cessation promotion. This five-year grant gives GCCC the resources to expand its focus to include a comprehensive approach to prevent and reduce tobacco use. According to Mary Beth Trevino, GCCC Coordinator, “This is a great opportunity. Now we’ll be able to include awareness and education concerning the tobacco problem in Galveston County.”

A comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program is a multi-pronged effort to reach all segments of the community. The goal is to reduce disease, disability, and death related tobacco use by implementing effective community strategies that:

Prevent tobacco use among young people.

Promote compliance and support adequate enforcement of Federal, State, and Local tobacco laws.

Increase cessation among young people and adults.

Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.

Reduce tobacco use among populations with the burden of tobacco-related disparities.

“Statistics for Galveston County are alarming. In 2007, the lung cancer death rate (per 100,000) was 64.2% in Galveston County, significantly higher than the state rate of 47.9%,” stated Vanessa Ayala, TPCC Program Director.

TPCC and GCCC will continue their collaborations with local agencies, governments, organizations, businesses, law enforcement, concerned individuals, youth and other community groups, all working together for a healthier Galveston County. Mary Beth Trevino, GCCC Coordinator, and Vanessa Ayala, TPCC Program Director, both agree:

“There are no ifs, ands, or butts. With this funding, we may now attack the tobacco problems in Galveston County.”

To learn more about tobacco prevention and strategies of the Tobacco Prevention Control Coalition-Galveston County, contact Vanessa Ayala at TobaccoPrev@bacoda.com or 800-510-3111.