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UCSF TCORS: The Impact of Changing Tobacco Product Use on Tobacco-Related Disease and Healthcare Costs

Principal Investigator: Wendy Max

Funding Mechanism: National Institutes of Health- TCORS Grant

ID number: 1P50CA180890-01

Award Date: 9/19/2013

Institution: University of California San Francisco


Current models of the health-related economic costs of cigarette smoking reflect the complex relationship between smoking, health, and healthcare expenditures; however, research on healthcare costs attributable to the use of tobacco products other than cigarettes is lacking. This project will use individual-level data from national surveys to develop microeconomic models that estimate and compare tobacco-related healthcare costs. Specific aims are: (1) to develop microeconomic models to estimate the healthcare costs attributable to the use of different tobacco products (e.g., cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, cigars, moist snuff, chewing tobacco) to determine whether product type substantially affects costs; (2) to develop microeconomic models to estimate the healthcare costs attributable to secondhand smoke exposure; (3) to evaluate the impact of potential FDA regulations on healthcare costs due to projected changes in tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, using a time series analysis with national survey data, longitudinal model analysis of Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (PATH) data, simulations of tobacco use prevalence changes, and simulations of short-term pulmonary and cardiovascular disease risk. This project will provide improved models of the costs associated with cigarette smoking and the use of other tobacco products, which will be useful for analyzing the economic impact of potential FDA regulations.


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