CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- St. Louis County has been awarded a federal grant of more than $7.5 million to help smokers quit the habit and deter young people from taking it up.
The county announced the news Friday. A similar announcement was made in Washington by first lady Michelle Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The two-year grant comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The money will be spent to help smokers who want to quit, and to educate young people about the dangers of tobacco use and the general public about second-hand smoke.
The county said it will work with the CDC over the next month to create a detailed budget for the grant.
Forty-four communities around the country are being awarded Prevention and Wellness grants.
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