Event to Offer Insight into Tobacco Addiction, Effects on Youth

By Susan Van Dusen

The Sixth Annual Lung Cancer Symposium is open to health care professionals, community advocates, youth and others interested in learning about the effects of tobacco use. It is set for 7:50 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.

Cost to attend is $40 for the general public, $65 for health care professionals seeking continuing education credit and $20 for students. To register in advance or view the agenda, visit http://www.tobaccoanddisease.com/. Registration also will be available at the door.

Topics will include e-cigarettes; nicotine’s effect on the body; oral cancer; the impact of smoking on nonsmokers; legislation and tobacco control; and new tobacco delivery product aimed at young people.

Local, regional and national speakers include faculty from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and other health care professionals specializing in tobacco-related diseases, as well as representatives from organizations focused on smoking cessation and education.

The event is co-sponsored by UAMS, Arkansas Department of Health/Stamp Out Smoking, Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Project Prevent, Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative, Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission and Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.