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National Cancer Institute designation will bring additional research dollars, improved cancer care to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – (Wednesday, May 2) – Stephenson Cancer Center, which has to date received more than $31 million from TSET, announced that it has achieved the prestigious National Cancer Institute designation.

OKLAHOMA CITY – April 30, 2018 — This Mother’s Day, Oklahoma mothers are encouraged to take a step towards a healthier life for themselves and their families by utilizing the FREE services offered by the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

Caroline, of Collinsville, grew up surrounded by a family of smokers. She tried her first cigarette at age 13 and became a regular smoker for 16 years. After four quit attempts, Caroline turned to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for support. Motivated by her young son and family, Caroline quit for good with the Helpline’s assistance.

Health care providers are among the most trusted sources for information about the benefits of quitting tobacco, and social media messages can be a cost-effective tool – especially when targeting a low-income population, according to a recent article published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Public Health and Surveillance.

Representatives from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center presented at the Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting in Baltimore in March. In total, 23 posters were presented at the national conference that disseminates new research on nicotine.

A $1 per pack price increase in cigarettes recently signed into law will save lives, help people quit smoking and keep young people from starting.

This public policy win for health also includes taxing little cigars like cigarettes. Lawmakers who supported this effort should be applauded a change in state law that will help Oklahomans live longer healthier lives and help prevent Oklahoma kids from acquiring a nicotine addiction that could impact their developing brains and increase chances that they will become adult smokers.

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Julie Bisbee

Julie Bisbee
Director of Public Information and Outreach
405-521-4992
julieb@tset.ok.gov