In the last two months of 1998, the National Cancer Institute announced seven new initiatives set to cost a total of $343 million over the next five years:

  • As part of a new report entitled The National Cancer Institute Tobacco Research Implementation Plan, Priorities for Tobacco Research Beyond the Year 2000, two initiatives, the "Transdisciplinary Tobacco Research Centers" and "Research in State and Community Tobacco Control Interventions" programs, will be funded at $142 million over five years. The tobacco research centers are intended to unite researchers from different scientific disciplines to attempt to determine, among other things, why children start smoking, how people can be helped to quit smoking, and whether genes predispose people to smoking. "By bringing people from different disciplines together, we believe that some real advances can be made that aren't possible under traditional funding mechanisms," maintains Marc Manley, chief of the tobacco control research...

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