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The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center will hold its 10th annual Quest for a Cure event themed “Tobacco Use: Beyond E-cigarettes and Lung Cancer,” on Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. The free public education webinar will include discussions by UH Cancer Center researchers and a survivor on the incidence, health and social issues related to tobacco and e-cigarette use and cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2017, it was reported that 8.1% of Hawaiʻi high school students were currently smoking cigarettes. The State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health has found that approximately 1,400 adults in Hawaiʻi die each year due to tobacco use, and it continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in men and women.

This year’s Quest for the Cure will present information to prevent adults and youths from using tobacco products, promote quitting and eliminate the existing tobacco-related cancer disparities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

Topics include the epidemiology of tobacco and cancer; current research on cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use among Hawaiʻi’s adolescents; e-cigarette marketing; tobacco product use behavior among young people; and current research on cancers related to tobacco.

The featured speakers are UH Cancer Center researchers Lani Park, Thomas Wills, Pallav Pokhrel, Jonathan Cho and Darla Mariboho, a clinical trial participant.

The UH Cancer Center’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach. This educational event provides an opportunity for the public to engage with the UH Cancer Center’s faculty members and learn about the research being conducted in their own community.

The registration deadline has been extended.