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December 4, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bruce Dart, Health Director, 441-8001

Mayor Announces use of Tobacco Settlement Funds

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department will fund four new efforts with the local portion of the national tobacco settlement, which will provide about $608,500 per year for the next two years.

"Through these funds, public health efforts will continue to reach all individuals with personal and environmental health needs,” said Mayor Wesely. “The tobacco settlement funds will be available for 25 years with the expectation that local health departments show measurable and positive results. I believe these new programs will improve the health of our community.”

Of the total, $150,000 must be used to build public health infrastructure to make sure the essential public health core functions are fulfilled. The infrastructure includes health status assessment, public health policy development, and ensuring that public health services are delivered to all populations.

The remaining $458,500 will be used to create new programs or opportunities to improve the health of Lincoln and Lancaster County residents:

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