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; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six 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 and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 822 medical residents and five 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 throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.