Two Lake Charles organizations awarded more than $30,000 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Two Lake Charles organizations awarded more than $30,000

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Two Lake Charles community organizations will receive about $33,000 for their efforts to decrease tobacco use.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living awarded $18,000 in Community Advocacy Grants to United Way of SWLA and $15,000 to Sowela Technical Community College.

TFL Regional Manager Cassondra Guilbeau said the CAGs will help organizations change community norms about tobacco use.

“Community Advocacy Grants are an important part of TFL’s efforts to promote smoke-free policies and decrease tobacco use in Lake Charles and throughout Louisiana,” Guilbeau said.

This year's U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health said nine out of ten smokers start before they turn 18. The report estimates in Louisiana five percent of middle school students and about 13 percent of high school students smoke.

TFL said the funding will support tobacco prevention and control programs that educate mostly preteens, teenagers, college students and young adults.

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