Turning the tragedy around: How the State is using revenue from cigarettes to improve health

This month’s Hawai’i Medical Journal features an article focusing on how tobacco taxes and settlement monies have been appropriated by the Hawai’i State Legislature to improve our citizens’ health. The article, co-written by John A. Burns School of Medicine Communications Director Tina Shelton and Dean Jerris Hedges, is the second of two articles in back-to-back issues of the Hawai’i Medical Journal which explain JABSOM’s commitment to tobacco cessation and treatment. Last month’s article spotlighted how intensively our students are trained in both counseling against tobacco use and in treating its lingering consequences. In the current issue we are pleased to describe how the medical school works in partnership with its academic colleagues throughout the University of Hawai’i to improve health and discover new treatments.

To read the article, download the current issue of the Hawai’i Medical Journal.

Our photograph shows JABSOM students speaking with Rep. Mark Nakashima, Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee, during an exhibit JABSOM sponsored at “Kick Butts Day” at the State Capitol. Arnold Kameda Photo.

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