Center receives grant to study tobacco issues Roy Kammer, prevention specialist with the Student Counseling Center at The University of South Dakota, was awarded a grant to start a Tobacco Prevention Community Coalition.
The grant is awarded by the Tobacco Control Program through the South Dakota Department of Health.�
�In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with a growing number of students who are extremely interested in tobacco issues. I believe the grant will provide an excellent opportunity for interested parties from USD and the community to begin exploring ways to effectively deal with tobacco issues on our campus and in our community,� said Kammer.
According to the South Dakota Department of Health, the target areas of the grant are 1) reducing tobacco use initiation, 2) decreasing tobacco use and 3) reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.�The grant will allow the coalition to focus on these efforts for the next year.� ��
Kammer also said the coalition will be surveying both on campus and in the Vermillion area about tobacco use. After obtaining this data, the coalition will develop some social marketing pieces designed to decrease the rate of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. The coalition also plans to bring in a nationally recognized expert to consult with people from the campus and community about tobacco issues.��