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The University of Louisville will receive or oversee more than $23 million in grants for tobacco-related research.

Most of the funds will be used to establish the Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center.  Its work on the health effects of tobacco will be used to help shape FDA regulation of tobacco products.   U of L will also oversee the allocation of funds to six other universities for the same purpose.

Some of the money, $3.7 million, will be used for specific research at U of L into which compounds in tobacco smoke cause the hardening or narrowing of the arteries that leads to cardiovascular disease.

The grants were announced Monday.   

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.