ANDERSON, Calif. – North Valley High School in Anderson received grant funding from California’s Department of Justice to help fight illegal tobacco.
North Valley High School secured close to $450,000 in grant money.
Lupe Cordova, the principal of the high school says the money will go towards getting a school resource officer and expanding their counseling services. The money will also be used to tackle the sale of illegal tobacco products aimed at teens.
With the grant, Cordova hopes to put a stop to tobacco use in his school communities.
“I think there's a lot of things that are going on in our society and there's a lot of social and emotional needs that need to be met,” said Cordova.
“When those needs aren't met kids kind of turn to other things.”
According to the CDC, in 2020 4.47 million teens used tobacco products.