News Release
  
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   July 31, 2001

Christine Grant
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg
609-984-7160

 

Commissioner Grant Urges Members of New Jersey's
Anti-Tobacco Program to Continue Their Work


EAST BRUNSWICK - New Jersey Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Christine Grant urged statewide partners of the New Jersey Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program today to continue the effort of working towards building a smoke-free New Jersey.

Grant addressed more than 250 members of the state's anti-tobacco program, encouraging them to reflect on their early accomplishments but also to continue their hard work. Grant's remarks were made at a one-day conference held at the East Brunswick Hilton.

"No other anti-tobacco program in the country has gotten out of the gate quicker than New Jersey's plan," said Grant. "The number of accomplishments in a little more than a year is simply remarkable. But this is a long-term plan, not one that can be done in one or two years. Partners of the New Jersey Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program need to stay united, build on public support and promote resources such as the smoking cessation programs that have been developed.

New Jersey's Comprehensive Tobacco Program, funded with $30 million from the Master Settlement Agreement with big tobacco, features a youth component called REBEL (Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies), a community advocacy component, a mass media component and an evaluation component.

The conference was held to update all the partners on the accomplishments of New Jersey's anti-tobacco program and to help plan for the future projects.

For more information on the New Jersey Comprehensive Tobacco Program, visit the Department's web site at www.state.nj.us/health.

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