Tobacco Studies Program
Training leaders to end the tobacco epidemic
Tobacco-related diseases remain the number one cause of preventable death and disease, resulting in more than seven million deaths per year worldwide. In the United States, almost half a million lives are lost due to tobacco use every year. People from historically marginalized groups, including racial/ethnic and sexual minorities and individuals struggling with behavioral health conditions, are more likely to smoke or use other forms of tobacco and to die from tobacco-related illnesses.
While cigarette smoking has declined in the United States since 1964, new challenges exist: new tobacco products have emerged and are being aggressively marketed to youth; a life-threatening disease (EVALI) has been linked to vaping products like e-cigarettes, including those containing nicotine; and people who smoke are at risk for short- and long-term respiratory and chronic conditions that can lead to complications from the current COVID-19 virus.
To address these challenges, the UW Tobacco Studies Program (TSP) aims to prepare students to work on tobacco prevention and control. Specifically, we seek to provide the next generation of healthcare, prevention, and public health professionals with:
(1) an understanding of the impact tobacco has on health and wellbeing,
(2) an understanding of how inequality and social injustice perpetuates tobacco use and health disparities, and
(3) the skills to integrate tobacco prevention, treatment, and policy as a routine part of their work.
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