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Erik Augustson, PhD, MPH, is the Program Director of the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He serves on a number of national committees in the United States to improve population-based tobacco control such as the Department of Health and Human Services eHealth and mHealth Cessation Interventions committee, Smoking Cessation Subcommittee of the DHHS, the National Tobacco Control Strategy Committee and the North American Quitline Consortium. In addition, Dr. Augustson serves as the federal co-lead on the Smokefree.gov Initiative which represents the first web and mobile based cessation resource developed by the United States federal government.
During this webinar, Dr. Augustson discussed the use of mHealth for health behavior interventions, particularly in tobacco dependence. MHealth has been defined as “health related services delivered by mobile communication devices,” which can be in the form of SMS messaging, smartphone applications, or the mobile web. This webinar focused on text-message based interventions such as NCI’s SmokefreeTXT and the opportunity to implement such interventions at an international level. Dr. Augustson has worked on mHealth interventions not only in the United States but also in China and shared preliminary results from program evaluations and discussed the future potential of mobile interventions to treat tobacco dependence on a population level.
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