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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 31, 2004

Squier Named Chair Of State Tobacco Commission

Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc., University of Iowa associate provost for health sciences, has been named chair of the Iowa Commission on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control.

The commission was established in 2000 to develop and implement a comprehensive, statewide initiative to help prevent and control tobacco use. The commission supports tobacco control programs by making grants available to local partnerships across Iowa, engages in advertising to counter the tobacco industry and maintains efforts to inform young people on the health effects of tobacco through its Just Eliminate Lies (JEL) group (

A UI faculty member since 1975, Squier also is professor of oral pathology, radiology and medicine in the UI College of Dentistry. He leads the college's oral soft tissue program and directs the oral sciences graduate program. His research interests include oral cancer and the permeability of skin and oral mucosa to medications and substances such as alcohol and tobacco.

Squier has served on the tobacco commission since 2002. His term as chair will run through August 2005.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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