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File #: 1872-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/30/2021 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 9/13/2021 Final action: 9/16/2021
Title: To authorize and direct the Board of Health to accept grant funds from the Ohio Department of Health for the Tobacco Use Prevention Cessation Grant Program in the amount of $132,000.00; to authorize the appropriation of $132,000.00 to the Health Department in the Health Department Grants Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($132,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord 1872-2021 Doc

Columbus Public Health has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Health originating from the Centers for Disease Control and Other State Funds. This ordinance is needed to accept and appropriate $132,000.00 in grant monies to fund the 2021-2022 Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Grant Program for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program will serve the entire city of Columbus, with approximately 893,000 residents. Services to residents include second hand smoke prevention, youth tobacco use prevention, vape education and prevention, increased access to current cessation services/providers, and media promotion to increase awareness and understanding around the dangers of tobacco use and current initiatives to prevent tobacco use.

According to 2018 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), nearly 1 in 4 Columbus adults currently smoke and the prevalence of smoking is higher in Columbus than Franklin County, 24.9% compared to 20.7% (BRFSS 2018). Current Ohio smokers who are African American (23.5%) or report as multiracial (37%) smoke at a disproportionate rate compared to those who are white.

Within high priority neighborhoods, which are neighborhoods where the residents face numerous social determinants of health, therefore facing a disproportionate rate of chronic diseases, the percent of adults who currently smoke is high: Linden (55.8%), Northeast (18.7%), Northland (25.7%), Hilltop (40.5%), Franklinton (51.9%), Near East (41.8%), South Side (42.4%), and Southeast (33.6%) (Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2013-2017). Due to the high prevalence of smoking in Columbus, it is likely that the majority of residents, especially those living in the high priority neighborhoods, are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke.

This ordinance is submitted as an emergency so a delay in service does not occur since the FY22 grant deliver...

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