By Anna Guido
LOWER PRICE HILL - The smoking rate among women of childbearing age in this Cincinnati neighborhood is among the highest in the nation. But there's hope that a new community-level effort will change that.
A three-year, $300,000 state grant awarded recently to the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati is being used to implement a smoking cessation and prevention program here.
The rate of maternal smoking in Lower Price Hill is 58 percent - more than four times the national average and more than three times the county average, said project manager Margaret Shank.
A group of community women, called the Lower Price Hill Women's Wellness Group will help lead the program.
The Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation awarded the anti-smoking grant. It was among $21 million given to Ohio schools, businesses and communities.
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