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CV Schools Get Grant to Prevent Smoking

The average age that an adult smoker begins using tobacco is 13, and 90 percent of adult smokers pick up a cigarette before age 18.

From the Alameda County Office of Education

Castro Valley's middle schools and high school will be the recipients of a California Department of Education grant to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, county education officials said.

The $362,812 grant will be shared among Berkeley and Castro Valley schools and will supplement county funding for the Tobacco Use Prevention Program, which aims to reach youth during a critical window. 

The average age that an adult smoker begins using tobacco is 13, and 90 percent of adult smokers pick up a cigarette before age 18, said Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools. 

"We are pleased that we are able to provide this critical support for our students at a time when so many crucial funds for programs like service learning, civic engagement, and gang prevention are diminishing and disappearing,” she said.

The program also serves Dublin, Livermore, Newark, San Leandro and San Lorenzo.  

Thomas Clarke July 19, 2011 at 06:12 PM
How many students will benefit from this program in seven school districts? As near as I can tell, $51,830 will be split amongst the districts. Or is it split by the number of students? The program is about the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs? Are there any restrictions on how the money is used, or will the districts be able to channel the money to more important issues locally determined? Is this a gift from Tom Torlakson for his support to local schoolboards that supported him?
Ella Robbins July 19, 2011 at 07:11 PM
" 'We are pleased that we are able to provide this critical support for our students at a time when so many crucial funds for programs like service learning, civic engagement, and gang prevention are diminishing and disappearing,' she said." A statement proving that the California Dept. of Education is over-funded. Obviously, they are doing such a superlative job of educating kids that they are using their excess education money to fund activiies dropped by de-funded government temperence agencies, tobacco and alcohol control. This is exactly why, no matter how much of our tax money goes to education, it will NEVER be enough to educate, only indoctrinate.
Thomas Clarke July 19, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Well said.
Traci Cross August 09, 2011 at 01:51 AM
The tobacco money actually comes through prop 99 (tobacco tax). grants are avaliable to Co. of Ed and school districts or counties can apply. It is a competitive process. the grant covers tobacco prevention activites.

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