ACI Tobacco Education Program Earns 'Innovator' Recognition

(November 28, 2011) - The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center has been recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers with an Innovator Award. The award honors programs that exhibit forward-thinking strategic planning, pioneering, and replicable models. The ACI received the award for its "Nip It in the Butt: Breathing in the Truth About Tobacco" program. Established in 2010, the program visits local schools and educations students of all ages about the dangers of tobacco use. Last year alone, the program reached more than 27,000 students in 56 southeast Georgia schools.

The ACI received the Innovator Award at the Association of Community Cancer Centers' 28th National Oncology Conference in Seattle.

Since 1974, the Association of Community Cancer Centers has served as the leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer. Nearly 17,000 cancer care professionals from approximately 900 hospitals and more than 1,200 private practices are affiliated with the organization.

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