What We Do
TSET is a grant making state agency. Our grants focus on preventing tobacco use, reducing tobacco use and preventing obesity. The TSET Board of Directors has also invested in grants to scientists working in cancer research in Oklahoma.
The Board of Directors uses a focused and strategic approach aimed at reducing the leading causes of preventable death in Oklahoma -- cancer and cardiovascular disease. We do this by working to reducing the leading contributing factors to both diseases, tobacco use and obesity.
In the early years of the Endowment, the Board of Directors dedicated all of the available earnings to effective tobacco use prevention and cessation initiatives for the following reasons:
- Tobacco use remains Oklahoma's leading cause of preventable death, killing about 6,000 Oklahomans and costing Oklahoma over $2 billion in direct and indirect costs each year.
- It was the intent of the Master Settlement Agreement that states would use settlement funds to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-caused illness and death
- Earnings from the Endowment’s investments grow over time. In the early years, the earnings available for programs were very limited.
- Today, TSET resources and other state funding combined provide less than half of the $32 million per year recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the minimum amount needed to fund an effective, comprehensive statewide tobacco control program in Oklahoma.
- Earnings from the Endowment alone may not be sufficient to fully fund a statewide tobacco control program until FY 2015.
- A strategic focus on dramatically reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma maximizes the impact of the limited earnings available, and leverages funds and other resources from other funding partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma Medicaid, and the American Legacy Foundation.
Current Funding Opportunties
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