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Background

Eliminate Tobacco Use Texas is the initiative’s founding site. In 2015, Dr. David Lakey of The University of Texas System and Dr. Ernest Hawk, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, along with the EndTobacco® Program team at MD Anderson and the Office of Health Affairs at UT System, created the Eliminate Tobacco Use Texas Initiative. The aim of the initiative was to first tackle tobacco use among the 14 University of Texas system institutions to more effectively lead larger statewide and national tobacco control efforts. The national initiative grew out of foundational work in Texas as the initiative’s first state site.

In 2023, ETU Texas hosted 106 people both virtually and in-person in Dallas the day after the National Summit and centered on the toll and landscape of tobacco use within Texas. Two breakout sessions concentrated on tobacco control in healthcare institutions and on college campuses, and a panel with students from Lee College, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas shared their experiences as student advocates against tobacco use.

Texas Steering Committee

2023-2024 MEMBERS

The University of Texas Permian Basin

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lee College

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Texas A&M University

The University of Texas System Administration

The University of Texas MD Anderson Center Center

UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas System Administration

The University of Texas at El Paso

UT Health East Texas North Campus Tyler

The University of Texas System

The University of Texas Medical Branch

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Southern University

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

University of North Texas Health Science Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas System Administration

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Texas Christian University

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas at Dallas

UTHealth Houston

Stephen F. Austin State University

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Tyler

Contact

Project Manager: Jennifer Cofer

Summit

Eliminate Tobacco Use Texas held a summit on April 28, 2023. Learn more.