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August 13, 2013

U.S. Pays $1.5 Mil to Help Brazilian Women Quit Smoking

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Smoking Study Participant: AP

Just when you thought I might let you skip happily by without learning of more taxpayer abuse, I've always said, "A burden shared is a burden tripled."


Tom Fritton tells us at The Corruption Chronicles at Judicial Watch that Washington has come up with but another boondoggle.

A Brazilian-born researcher who runs minority health programs at a public university in Alabama has convinced the U.S. government to give her $1.5 million to help women quit smoking in her native country.

A noble cause indeed, but likely not on the high list of the American taxpayers funding the project. Nevertheless, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation's medical research agency, has given the Brazilian researcher, Isabel Scarinci, a five-year, $1.5 million grant to fund her international tobacco-control project.

The goal is to better understand women and their tobacco-related issues in the South American country, especially in Scarinci's Brazilian hometown of Parana. In the last two years alone, the researcher has received north of $560,000 for the initiative, according to NIH records for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

Here is what Uncle Sam's generosity is getting us, according to the NIH: An "understanding of women and their tobacco-related issues" as well as the "development of gender-relevant tobacco control efforts." Wait, there's more information from the NIH to justify the grant, though it's unlikely to keep Americans up at night: smoking epidemic is rapidly spreading to women in developing countries.

In Brazil girls are taking up smoking in particularly high numbers, Scarinci tells a university magazine piece celebrating her federal grant. Additionally, it can be hard to convince women in the South American nation of the dangers of smoking and other risky health behaviors.The researcher feels a sense of responsibility, saying I can't forget where I came from. Twenty years have gone by and their needs haven't changed. For me, it's personal.

At the University of Alabama Scarinci is a preventative medicine expert who specializes in reaching out to at-risk populations. As part of her duties she operates several publicly-funded initiatives to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention among Latino immigrants and African Americans in underserved rural communities.This likely includes illegal aliens.

More here.

Cross posted from We the People

Posted by DancingCzars at August 13, 2013 12:42 PM

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