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Can't give it away in W.Va.

November 21, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

The West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention had trouble giving away grant money this year.

Only two groups in the Eastern Panhandle region applied for four $2,500 grants, said Angela Noonan, the regional tobacco prevention coalition coordinator, so the state is trying again.

Noonan said the grants must be used for promoting clean indoor air regulations, preventing tobacco use or stopping tobacco use.

Hampshire County's health department was given a grant for a smoking cessation class and Mineral County's 4-H extension agent received one to train adults and teenagers on how to teach the dangers of tobacco.

Noonan said the two remaining grants are being advertised again. The deadline to apply is Dec. 3.

She said applicants from the five counties in her region - Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire and Mineral - may e-mail her at angelanoonan@wvdhhr.org or call her at 304-496-9640.

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Last year, the division received four applications, but only two, from Hampshire County, qualified, so two $5,000 grants were given out, she said.

Two other applications were rejected. Noonan said one was from a Berkeley County business that wanted to put out signs and receptacles to promote its policy of banning indoor smoking.

The Division of Tobacco Prevention - which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services - uses a mix of money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a national settlement with major tobacco manufacturers, she said.

West Virginia is scheduled to receive $1.7 billion over 25 years through the tobacco settlement.

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