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Groups promoting tobacco-free communities awarded $9 million

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ALBANY, N.Y.--Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to award $9 million to local organizations that will work to make New York a tobacco-free state.

In an effort to make New York tobacco-free, awards will be made through the New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Tobacco Control.

"If we can work together to create a tobacco-free state, we can significantly lessen the impact of tobacco on the lives of all New Yorkers," said Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, State Health Commissioner.

Dispersed over five years, total funding for the communities is expected to be $9.4 million. The department expects up to 25 contracts.

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," said Governor Cuomo.

The deadline for applications is February 25, 2014.

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