WVU Health Sciences to showcase current tobacco treatment

Lecture series kicks off March 2 with Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A national expert on heart disease and smoking kicks off an important lecture series at West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center (HSC).  Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., will speak about the effects of second hand smoke on cardiovascular health on Tue., March 2 at noon in room no. 1905 of the HSC Learning Center.

Glantz is from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he teaches in the School of Medicine and directs the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. He is a well-known authority on the use of tobacco and has written four books and more than 200 scientific papers about this subject.

Some of Glantz’s research has shown that enacting smoke-free policies can reduce the incidence of heart attack. His research on blood and blood vessels has helped explain why, in terms of heart disease, the effects of secondhand smoke are almost as harmful as smoking. He helped write and produce the film “Secondhand Smoke” about the health effects of involuntary smoking. 

An outspoken critic of the U.S. tobacco industry, Glantz has taken the lead in putting more than 52 million pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents on the Internet. He is now working to end the use of tobacco in movies. In his film, “20,000 Lives,” he shows that the portrayal of smoking in movies actually encourages adolescents to smoke.  

Glantz’s presentation is part of the five-part lecture series, Current Clinical Concepts in Tobacco Treatment, sponsored by the WVU Department of Community Medicine (CMED) Public Health Grand Rounds in conjunction with the Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program (T2R2).

For more information about CMED, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/.
For more information about T2R2, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/t2r2/.


For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 02-24-10

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