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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Oct. 12, 2000

Squier speaks on global reach of big tobacco at International Mondays Oct. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The International Mondays lecture series will present University of Iowa Professor Christopher Squier speaking on "The Global Reach of Big Tobacco" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Room S401 of the John Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the UI campus. The series is free and open to the public and includes a free lunch.

Squier is a professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine. He is also the associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Dentistry and the associate provost for health sciences in the Office of the Provost. Squier's interest in tobacco stems from his research on oral cancer, where tobacco use is a major risk factor.

The presentation will describe how the increasing awareness of the health effects of tobacco over the past half century in the United States and Western Europe have led to a steady decline in consumption. This has led the global tobacco industry to focus more and more on the emerging markets in developing nations, particularly Eastern Europe and Russia, and China and South East Asia. Women represent the greater number of non-smokers among these populations and will be the target of aggressive marketing campaigns.

The International Mondays seminar series is sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The series is expanding to different locations across campus in an effort to appeal to an even broader audience, although some of the events will still be held in the International Center, Room 230.

For more information, call Akua Akyea, at (319) 335-0345 or Fairouz Abu-Ghazaleh at (319) 335-1442.