Friday, October 3, 2003

Grant aims to curb smoking

By Anna Guido
Enquirer contributor

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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