The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded the College of Public Health $2.7 million to research tobacco intervention in low-income families in Philadelphia.
Principal investigators of the study Dr. Stephen Lepore, and Dr. Bradley Collins, both with the department of social and behavioral sciences, will collaborate with community partner North Inc. to test an innovative “high-tech, warm-touch” intervention approach to address parental smoking and child tobacco smoke exposure.
The intervention combines traditional behavioral counseling with technology, including a mobile application and text messaging, to provide low-cost, intensive and evidence-based tobacco control interventions to a high need population.
“Children’s secondhand smoke exposure is a leading cause of preventable disease and death – a problem magnified in low income and young children,” said Dr. Lepore. This is the second collaboration for both Lepore and Collins around smoking cessation. (Read more on their first collaboration, Kids Safe and Smokefree or KiSS)
Dr. Lepore is the founding director of the Social & Behavioral Health Interventions Lab (SBHI) and Collins is the founding director of the Health Behavior Research Clinic (HBRC).