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; a 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. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 12,000 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 uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.