Kentucky University Establishes Appalachian Tobacco Regulatory Science Team

Industry Insight by 2FIRSTS.ai
Oct.09.2023
Kentucky University Establishes Appalachian Tobacco Regulatory Science Team
Kentucky University recently announced the establishment of the Appalachian Tobacco Regulatory Science Team to study the impact of federal policies on rural communities.

In recent news, the University of Kentucky has announced the establishment of a groundbreaking research institution known as the Appalachian Tobacco Regulatory Science Team. This team will specialize in studying the impact of federal policies on rural communities, conducting investigations through collaborative efforts, education, and innovative regulatory science research. Seth Himelhoch, director of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, will serve as the principal investigator for this project.

 

Journalist translation: Jameel Hodge points out that while the overall use of cigarettes has decreased in the United States, tobacco consumption in Kentucky, especially in the Appalachian region, has not shown a synchronous decrease. Historically, tobacco use in Kentucky has remained high, and according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its adult smoking rate in 2021 still ranks among the highest in the country, reaching 19.6%.

 

According to a press release, the Appalachian Tobacco Regulatory Science team will conduct research in two regions of Kentucky. The first is a town area located in the northeast of the state, including Boyd, Carter, and Greenup counties. The second is a more remote rural area in the southeast of Kentucky, encompassing Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry counties.

 

The research center will establish four core areas to support the aforementioned three research projects: career advancement, community outreach and engagement, bioinformatics and analysis, and administrative core. Leaders emphasized the importance of the community outreach and engagement core, which will foster community collaboration and recruit research participants through a community advisory committee and on-site staff recruitment.

 

Jorge Miguel Hodge declares, "We are pleased to continue serving the state of Kentucky and helping to reduce the adverse health effects associated with people's choice to consume nicotine."

 

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