UIC IMPACTEEN PROJECT PRESENTS NEW RESEARCH AT TOBACCO CONFERENCE
Four new studies by researchers from UIC's ImpacTeen Project will be presented during the 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, Aug. 6-11.
The international symposium's purpose is to strengthen national, regional and global leadership networks dedicated to tobacco use prevention and control, and encourage the formation of a network to share information, strategies and research. The conference is hosted by the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is cosponsored by the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.
"We look forward to the opportunity to share our research findings at this prestigious forum," said Frank Chaloupka, professor of economics at UIC and director of the ImpacTeen Project. ImpacTeen is part of "Bridging the Gap," a five-year, multidisciplinary research project involving experts across the country. ImpacTeen is administered by UIC's Health Research and Policy Centers and funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health philanthropy. Nationally recognized substance abuse researchers with expertise in economics, etiology, epidemiology, law, political science, public policy, psychology and sociology form the core of ImpacTeen's research team.
The studies to be presented at the conference are the first to investigate the influence certain policies and environmental factors have on youth smoking. The presenters are Dianne C. Barker, MHS (Barker Bi-Coastal Health Consultants, Los Angeles, California); Gary A. Giovino, PhD (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York); Sandy J. Slater, MS (UIC); and Melanie Wakefield, PhD (UIC).
Barker, Giovino, Slater and Wakefield will join an estimated 5,000 professionals concerned about the global epidemic of diseases from tobacco use. Presentations on findings from the UIC ImpacTeen research will be on exhibit Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the conference.
Preliminary findings of studies presented by Giovino ("Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Adults in 24 U.S. States and the District of Columbia in 1997 - What Explains the Relationship?) and Slater ("The Effect of Community Characteristics on the Tobacco Retail Environment"); and complete text of studies presented by Barker ("Changes at the Point-of-Sale for Tobacco Following the 1999 Tobacco Billboard Ban") and Wakefield ("Do Restrictions on Smoking at Home, at School and in Public Places Influence Teenage Smoking?") can be found under "Papers and Presentations" at www.uic.edu/orgs/impacteen.
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