May 2011

Community Coalition Sees Reduction in Teen Smoking


Garden City, KS

The Finney County Community Health Coalition, which includes St. Catherine Hospital, contributed to a reduction in teen smoking in the county. The coalition provided support to a city-wide smoking ordinance that went into effect about four years ago. Data show that the percentage of 12th-grade students who report smoking during the past 30 days has decreased from nearly 25 percent to 15 percent during that time, and is now well below state and national averages. With the help of a Mission and Ministry Fund grant, St. Catherine and the coalition support other initiatives for at-risk youth, including nutrition classes and parenting classes.