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Big Anti-Tobacco Grant Coming to Chico Unified for Prevention Efforts

New training and education materials will be available for officers and tobacco sellers, and there's funding for Chico Police to use for local sting operations at retail stores.

Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 5:04 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico Unified School District will receive more than 1.5 million dollars to combat tobacco use by students.

A two dollar a pack tax on cigarettes is the source of funding for the anti-tobacco program run by the state Attorney General's office.

Chico Unified received one of 71 grants creating partnerships with law enforcement to educate kids about the dangers of smoking and use of tobacco products.

The 71 grants total $37.5 million dollars. The funds come from a voter- approved tax, called the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act. It was passed by voters in November 2016.

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