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RACC awarded community grant

Posted: March 6, 2017 4:38 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Rembert Area Community Coalition (RACC) was recently awarded a 2017 Youth and Young Adult Prevention Grant from the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative to address tobacco’s impact on South Carolina’s youth.

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative provides Youth and Young Adult Prevention Grants to coalitions and organizations to implement programs that are designed to prevent tobacco use initiation among youth and young adults and address current use of tobacco products. This competitive funding opportunity provides awards to local community-based organizations that support the mission of the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and are designed to invest in projects that address goals of the state plan, Ending the Epidemic: Plan for a Tobacco-Free South Carolina, 2015-2020.

“We look forward to addressing tobacco’s impact on youth in Clarendon, Kershaw and Sumter County,” said Dr. Juanita G. Britton, Chairperson at Rembert Area Community Coalition. RACC goal is to increase adoption of the model comprehensive tobacco-free policy which include Alternative Tobacco Products (ATP) 

The 2015 SC Youth Tobacco Survey found the rate for high school student use of conventional cigarettes has declined to 12 percent. However, the survey found the rate of high school student use of other tobacco products has either increased or remained relatively unchanged.

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