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OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS)

Principal Investigator: Peter Shields and Mary Ellen Wewers

Funding Mechanism: National Institutes of Health- TCORS Grant

ID number: 1P50CA180908-01

Award Date: 9/19/2013

Institution: Ohio State University


The goal of this Center is to understand the reasons for tobacco product preferences, especially related to dual and poly-use, and how these reasons influence use in a diverse, ever-changing tobacco product environment. The Center will conduct four projects involving both rural (Appalachian Ohio) and urban (Columbus, Ohio) adolescents and adults. Projects 1 and 2 will use a three-year cohort of adolescents and their families to establish and compare (1) the prevalence of smoking, smokeless tobacco use and dual use, and (2) tobacco use risk factors, with an emphasis on environment, advertising and marketing, and trajectories to regular use. Studies will include an assessment of carcinogen exposure and genetic factors for taste perception and tobacco use behavior. Project 3 will establish a three-year cohort of adults to characterize the diversity of tobacco products used over time and examine individual, cognitive and affective risk factors; the project will evaluate purchasing factors and marketing practices in retail environments. Project 4 will include several experimental studies that examine psychological constructs and decision-making models for choosing tobacco products.


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