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Spectrum Health Systems was awarded two new contracts by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program, totaling $190,000 per year. As a result, Spectrum has developed a Youth Tobacco Prevention program to work with local boards of health and municipal officials in the Blackstone Valley to reduce youth access to tobacco products through retailer education and compliance monitoring. Beginning January 1, 2007, Spectrum will also implement a smoking intervention demonstration project in Worcester, one of five pilot sites selected in the state.

“We are very excited about these new initiatives to reduce the high rates of smoking among residents of the Blackstone Valley and the City of Worcester,” said Barbara Grimes-Smith, director of Spectrum’s tobacco prevention programming.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider with programs operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Arizona, Maine and Tennessee. Spectrum serves 18,000 adults and at-risk youth each year.