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UMiami: Dr. Taghrid Asfar Awarded for Best Poster at the 19th Annual Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe Conference held the 19th annual meeting in Oslo, Norway this year. Dr. Taghrid Asfar, a research assistant professor at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, presented findings on five research projects at the annual meeting, including one that was distinguished as one of the best posters. Dr. Asfar’s award-winning presentation reported on a culturally tailored worksite-based smoking cessation intervention targeting Hispanic/Latino construction workers in a pilot cluster randomized clinical trial.

The study found that the culturally tailored intervention was feasible, acceptable and effective in improving smoking abstinence among these minority workers. Results from the study baseline assessment were published in Health Education & Behavior, indicating that the main barriers to cessation among these minority workers were their limited access to healthcare, low level of acculturation, and high work demand. Tailoring the service to workers’ job circumstances and language was, therefore, essential to support their cessation efforts.

“The study demonstrated the critical role that collaborative partnerships can play in improving the public’s health. The involvement of the companies’ leadership and the site safety managers was essential to reach workers and facilitate the study administration at the worksite,” Dr. Asfar said, who was the lead author on the study.

The study was co-authored by Dr. David Lee and Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, researchers at the Miller School, as well as by other researchers at the Department of Public Health Sciences.

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