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Stephenson Cancer Center Announces $20 Million TSET Expansion Grant to Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to Stephenson Cancer Center to fund the expansion of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center. Grant dollars will directly support the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center, a program of the Stephenson Cancer Center. Tobacco use in Oklahoma continues to be our greatest preventable cause of premature death and disability, and the economic cost to our state exceeds $2 billion.

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Two behavioral scientists who specialize in tobacco control research, Darla Kendzor, PhD, and Michael Businelle, PhD, have been recruited to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. They bring expertise in utilizing targeted incentives and mobile health technologies as a tool for curbing tobacco use and promoting healthy lifestyle choices, with a particular focus on low socioeconomic status populations.

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