Researchers at the University of Arizona are looking for licensed massage therapists to participate in a study about tobacco use.

Massage therapists who are part of the study will collaborate with tobacco-cessation expert Dr. Myra Muramoto, who is a researcher in the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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. Anyone interested is invited to call 626-9895 for more information.

The study, called Project Reach, is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Tobacco use is the direct cause of many forms of cancer, as well as heart disease, respiratory disease and other health problems. Tobacco use also interferes with disease treatment and recovery.

This study is named Project Reach because it teaches how to reach out and help someone quit tobacco, Muramoto said.

"Massage therapists are in an excellent position to help clients improve their health by supporting them through the process of quitting tobacco," Muramoto said in a news release. "Massage therapists can talk with their clients about how quitting can improve their health and increase the benefit they derive from massage."