|Awarded On||August 18, 2021|
|Title||Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Dissemination to and Implementation within Agencies Serving Texans Experiencing Homelessness|
|Award Mechanism||Dissemination of CPRIT-Funded Cancer Control Interventions|
|Institution/Organization||University of Houston|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Lorraine Reitzel|
*Pending contract negotiation
Need. Tobacco use is causally linked to 17 different cancers. About 15.7% of Texans smoke cigarettes, the most common form of tobacco use. However, overall population estimates hide subpopulations of Texans with exceedingly high smoking rates. One such group is individuals experiencing homelessness, about 26,000 Texans on any given night. Individuals who are homeless use tobacco at rates as high as 78%. Moreover, tobacco use is not routinely intervened upon in this population, including in shelter or treatment settings, even though a significant proportion of homeless smokers are interested in quitting smoking and receiving help to do so. Although data suggest that they may attempt to quit a...