October 21, 2015

Event to Offer Insight into Tobacco Addiction, Effects on Youth

LITTLE ROCK – An upcoming event will offer insight into tobacco addiction and its effects, particularly as it relates to young people.

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.