As the state Senate prepares to debate a proposed 30 cent cigarette tax, South Carolina gets six million dollars in stimulus money to prevent smoking.
The grants are part of $372 million in nationwide funding for health initiatives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working with First Lady Michelle Obama to persuade Americans to be healthier in their behavior and diet.
SCDHEC will receive nearly $6 million in grants. On Friday, the department announced Horry and Florence counties would get the funding. DHEC deputy commissioner Lisa Waddell says the money would mostly pay for education on smoking’s health risks and for therapy for those who enroll in South Carolina Tobacco Quitline services.
More than one in five adults in South Carolina smoke cigarettes according to the Centers for Disease Control.