Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
Established by voters, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is a state grantmaking trust devoted to preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, Oklahoma's leading causes of death. TSET's mission is to improve Oklahomans' health and quality of life by achieving targeted improvements in the health of Oklahomans.
TSET accomplishes this by:
Preventing and reducing the leading risk factors for those diseases, tobacco use, and obesity.
Investing in high-priority research with an emphasis on reducing the toll of tobacco-related cancers.
To achieve this objective, TSET funds accountable programs and services that address the hazards of tobacco use and other health issues. TSET employs an evidence-based strategic plan to achieve our objectives and evaluate the effectiveness of our grants and programs. To learn more about TSET's grants and programs, please visit tset.ok.gov.
Healthy Living Program Grants
TSET Healthy Living Program grants are designed to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease by preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity on a local level. By awarding grants to schools, communities, state agencies, and partner organizations, TSET works to improve Oklahoma's citizens' health. TSET's Healthy Living Program grants have been issued to 35 organizations working in 30 counties.
Using a comprehensive approach, the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network ("WMPN") works locally to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free lifestyles in Carter County.
To assess the health needs of Carter County, WMPN utilizes the Wellness County Profiles provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The data obtained from these profiles can decide which neighborhoods need investment dollars to fund health clinics, schools, preschools, community centers, and other projects that can help improve our communities health.
To view the 2020 Wellness Profile for Carter County, please click here.
TSET's Impact on Oklahoma
TSET has positively impacted Oklahoma by:
Raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.
Establishing smoke-free environments on school and university campuses.
Creating the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, which has served more than 400,000 Oklahomans since 2003. It has been ranked among the top quitlines for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment for the last ten years by the North American Quitline Consortium.
Investing in research at the Stephenson Cancer Center gives Oklahomans access to cutting-edge phase one clinical trials and was crucial in the center being awarded the National Cancer Institution designation in 2018.
Partnering with the Physician Manpower Training Commission to fund a medical loan repayment program. Currently, it is funding 26 physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state. Thirty-seven doctors have participated in that program, and 54% of them continue to practice medicine in rural Oklahoma.
Providing funding for programs aimed at reducing tobacco use, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles, and thus lessening the burden on the state's health care infrastructure.
Saving more than 42,000 lives and helping the state avoid $1.24 billion in medical costs.
Health Communication Interventions
When combined with other programs, customized public education interventions are the most effective strategies for promoting healthy behaviors. Through rigorous evaluation, TSET interventions are proven to effectively change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors to support healthy lifestyle choices by Oklahomans.
Tobacco Stops With Me
Tobacco Stops With Me focuses on the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke, impacts on health, and the tobacco industry’s manipulative marketing practices. By educating the public about the negative effects and impact of tobacco, this campaign aims to prevent and reduce tobacco use, improving the health and quality of life of every Oklahoman. In addition, the campaign aims to inspire individuals to make positive changes —not only for their own health but for the health of their loved ones and fellow citizens.
Shape Your Future
Shape Your Future supports Oklahomans’ efforts to eat better, move more, and be tobacco-free. This public education intervention employs informative, aspirational, and motivational messaging and free online tips and tools. It is designed to help Oklahomans embrace health where they live, work, learn, and play.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline offers free nonjudgmental services to help Oklahomans quit tobacco.
Helpline services include text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges, and more.
TSET Healthy Youth Initiative
The Healthy Youth Initiative is led by TSET to improve the health of Oklahoma teens. Through a series of research-based campaigns, TSET is helping Oklahoma's youth live longer, healthier lives through reduced tobacco use and improved nutrition and physical activity.**
To learn more about these free services, resources, and campaigns, please click on the links below.