UC Santa Cruz Mathematics Undergraduate Student Awarded University of California Smoke and Tobacco-Free Fellowship

September 04, 2017

UC Santa Cruz’ Crysta Bullard will work on a research project focusing on smoke and tobacco-free policy compliance strategies.

The goal of the student fellowships is to help foster the next generation of leaders to reduce the harm and social costs from smoking and use of tobacco products worldwide, and to enable UC to be a leader among university systems in maintaining smoke and tobacco free environments.

UC’s landmark Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy of January 2014 has resulted in healthier environments at all UC campuses and medical centers.  UC is the home for faculty who are international and national leaders in tobacco control research and services, with many notable achievements. UC was the genesis of the first international treaty focused on health, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The transdermal nicotine patch, a cornerstone of tobacco cessation therapy, was developed and patented at UC.  While cigarette smoking rates have declined, tobacco-related diseases remain the number one killer of people throughout the world, in the United States and here in California.  Confounding this

Phenomenon is the evolution of a rapidly changing and diverse “smoking” landscape with variation in use patterns among different populations.  New tobacco and nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes, vaping devices, and hookah have proliferated and there has been a growing intersection with the use of marijuana.  To meet the research, public health, and policy challenges presented by this rapidly changing and diverse “smoking” landscape, a generation of new leadership is required throughout UC.  UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Student Fellowship recipients, with mentorship from our world-class faculty, will begin their development as future leader.

For more information about the Fellowship Program please click on the following link:  UC Newsroom Press Release on the Fellowship Program.