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
Corey J. Benson, M.Ed.
The University of Texas Permian Basin