Massage therapists who are licensed in Arizona are needed to participate in a study about tobacco use, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper.

The National Cancer Institute is funding the study, called Project Reach, which is being conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona.

“Participating therapists will take part in training sessions and receive follow-up support to give them new knowledge and skills to help clients quit tobacco,” the newspaper noted.

“‘Massage therapists are in an excellent position to help clients improve their health by supporting them through the process of quitting tobacco,'” the newspaper quoted researcher Dr. Myra Muramoto as saying. “‘Massage therapists can talk with their clients about how quitting can improve their health and increase the benefit they derive from massage.'”

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