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New Spanish version of ASPIRE for Hispanic teens

November 26, 2015

According to the National Health Interview Survey, almost 20 percent of Hispanic high school students smoke. Research shows smoking and the use of tobacco products typically starts at a young age and contributes greatly to the risk of developing cancer. Through the Spanish version of ASPIRE, teens and adults can learn more about the many harmful effects of tobacco, how to help educate their peers and how to prevent themselves from becoming a cancer statistic.

Prokhorov, an expert on the subject of teen nicotine dependence and the effects of tobacco use on teen health, was recently selected as the recipient of the Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award for Excellence in Tobacco Research. The award, given by the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), recognizes distinguished leaders in tobacco control, research, prevention and program development that broadly affect public health through policy and innovative initiatives. He also serves as chair of ASPO's Tobacco Special Interest Group.

Prokhorov is director of e-Health Technology, a program funded by the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment at MD Anderson that works with scientists to integrate technology into research projects that help people adopt healthier lifestyles.

Source: MD Anderson