The Researchers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings Today - RoBUST - is pleased to host Dr. Stephen T. Higgins on Wednesday, May 3rd at 12 noon at 5057 Woodward in the Psych department room 7909.
Dr. Stephen T. Higgins will present, "Tobacco Control and Regulatory Science Research on Motivating Behavior Change in Vulnerable Populations ". Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., is the Director of Vermont Center on Behavior and Health and a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychological Science at University of Vermont.
U.S. population health lags far behind most other developed countries. Expert consensus identifies the domain of personal behavior (i.e., lifestyle) as the largest contributor to this pattern and the area where there is the greatest opportunity for producing meaningful improvements. Cigarette smoking stands out as the greatest preventable cause of poor health and premature death in developed countries being responsible for 480,000 annual deaths in the U.S. and 5,000,000 globally—and increases U.S. direct medical care costs by $170 billion annually. While there has been tremendous progress in reducing smoking since the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the gains have been unevenly distributed. Smoking remains quite prevalent in socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, those with substance use or other psychiatric disorders, and certain racial/ethnic minority and gender/sexual minority groups. Reducing smoking in these vulnerable populations is going to require multi-faceted and innovative tobacco and regulatory science efforts. I will review progress and challenges in this topic area