WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
Release: Oct. 5, 2000
Pomrehn is elected chair of Iowa tobacco commission
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Paul Pomrehn, M.D., professor in the University of Iowa
department of community and behavioral health, was elected chair of the Governor's
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Commission during the group's first meeting
Pomrehn has worked to reduce the adverse affects of tobacco use for 20 years.
His work has included facilitating cessation classes, teaching medical students
how to help their patients quit smoking, and performing research in communities
and schools to prevent children from smoking.
Last May Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack signed legislation that allocated the entire
$55 million in settlement fees Iowa received from tobacco companies to health
care initiatives that focus on smoking and substance abuse prevention and
access to health care. The tobacco commission, composed of legislators, public
health professionals and community representatives, was established to develop
and implement the comprehensive tobacco use prevention and control initiative
funded by the legislation.
The comprehensive plan the commission will aim to implement includes a number
of initiatives including school programs to reduce tobacco use, cessation
programs and local enforcement of tobacco laws.
"The bottom line is to reduce premature death and disability due to
tobacco use," Pomrehn said.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.