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Carlsbad Unified School District Awarded Grant to Reduce Tobacco Use
Posted 12/9/18

Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant through the California Department of Justice’s Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Proposition 56 Tobacco Grant Program to fund programs to combat the illegal sale of tobacco to minors.


“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the California Department of Justice and the Carlsbad Police Department to expand programs that focus on education and prevention of tobacco use,” said Superintendent Benjamin Churchill. “The safety and healthy lifestyles of our students are critical to their academic success and to the wellbeing of our Carlsbad community.”


For the past two years, members of the Carlsbad Police Department and CUSD have engaged parents and families regarding the negative effects of tobacco use. The Tobacco Grant will give School Resource Officers the funding they need to enforce tobacco related laws, address illegal sales and marketing to minors, and educate young people on the dangers of tobacco use.


The school district will receive $345,433 over three years to hire one School Resource Officer to conduct student, staff, and parent education classes on the harms of tobacco and vape use; to create an intervention and diversion program for students caught with tobacco and vape products; to increase tobacco enforcement operations where minors are likely to be present, including local retailers, internet sources, and school-based operations; and to offer community and tobacco retailer educational classes.


“Partnering with school districts is an important part of our commitment to assist children in making strong, lifelong decisions,” stated Carlsbad Police Chief Neil Gallucci. “Working together we can guide our children toward safe, healthy, and tobacco-free futures.”


“Education and prevention programs are critical to fostering healthy communities that promote wellness and prosperity,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “It is imperative that we continue to curb illegal youth tobacco sales, and these grants will aid our local communities in their preventative efforts.”


The Department of Justice’s Tobacco Grant Program is funded by Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016. Proposition 56 raised the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. The Department of Justice receives $30 million annually in Proposition 56 funds for distribution to local law enforcement agencies to support the hiring of peace officers for activities to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.