|Awarded On||August 17, 2016|
|Title||Statewide Dissemination of the "Taking Texas Tobacco Free" Workplace Program|
|Award Mechanism||Dissemination of CPRIT-Funded Cancer Control Interventions|
|Institution/Organization||University of Houston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Lorraine Reitzel|
|Cancer Sites||Bladder, Cervix Uteri, Colorectal, Esophagus, Gallbladder, Head and Neck, Kidney and Renal Pelvis, Leukemia, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct, Lung and Bronchus, Pancreas, Stomach|
Need. Smoking, the most common form of tobacco use, is the leading preventable cause of death and disability in the US. Smoking is causally related to 17 different types of cancers and is responsible for 30% of cancer deaths. Smoking has become increasingly concentrated among individuals with behavioral health needs (e.g., mental illness). This subpopulation smokes at high rates (<64% prevalence vs 15% in US overall), quits at low rates, and consequently suffers from greater cancer incidence and mortality relative to the general population.
Permissive attitudes toward tobacco use within behavioral health clinics contribute toward a missed opportunity to proactively address tobacco depende...