Edward Waters professor to partner with the University of Florida

Updated: 7/1/2014 3:57 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Edward Waters College Biology Professor, Prabir K. Mandal, Ph.D. will partner with the University of Florida to specifically create a program that will help minorities quit their tobacco addictions.

The University of Florida was awarded $1.6 million b the Florida Department of Health to create a tobacco cessation program to battle tobacco-induced cancer and cardiovascular disease. The program is part of a statewide network called OneFlorida.

The project, funded by the Department of Health’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, will help combat the 28,600 annual deaths that come from cigarette use in Florida. According to the Florida Health Department, lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths, and is the most common tobacco-related cancer.

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