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Harkin Announces Over $3 Million to Help Iowans Quit Smoking

March 19, 2010

Harkin Announces Over $3 Million to Help Iowans Quit Smoking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Linn and Ringgold Counties will receive a total of $3,281,571 for smoking cessation programs.  The grants are provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and were funded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Harkin worked to secure these funds through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, which wrote much of the Recovery Act.

“Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in this country, and supporting those who want to quit helps spare them from disease, disability and even death,” said Harkin.  “Smoking cessation programs have a proven track record of bringing down health care costs.  These programs will help more Iowans kick the habit.”

Specifically, the funds will be used as follows:

Linn County, Iowa Department of Public Health
Linn County Public Health and its community partners will engage in the following strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use (and related chronic disease) among residents: increase the number of Linn County businesses with 100 percent tobacco-free policies, inform local policy makers about evidence- and practice-based pricing and access strategies, and provide tobacco cessation counseling, referral, and nicotine replacement therapy to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) clients in Linn County.

Ringgold County, Iowa Department of Public Health
Ringgold County will mobilize local resources and strengthen capacity to expand the use of evidence-based strategies and programs to decrease the health effects of tobacco in the low-income, rural community. Policy changes will promote cessation services, reduce smoking in homes and vehicles, and support the elimination of free tobacco sampling on the property of the county fairground.