The overall theme of The Ohio State University Center for the Advancement of Tobacco Science (OSU-CATS) application is to provide real world and complementary experimental scientific evidence to support tobacco control policies that impact tobacco use and risk, specifically considering factors that are market-focused factors (e.g., pricing, flavor, advertisements), product-focused factors (e.g., regulation of flavored products and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as electronic cigarettes and tobacco products that heat and not burn) and user-focused factors (e.g., access to tobacco products and cessation treatment).
OSU-CERTS: Overview - The infrasctructure in which OSU-CATS is built upon.
One of 14 Tobacco Control Regulatory Centers in the U.S.
- Funded by the National Cancer Institute
- $18.6 M award over five year period (2013-2018)
- Principal Investigators: Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D. & Peter Shields, M.D.
Goal: Serve as a national leader in providing relevant scientific data to support regulatory decision making at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products
- Train students/postdoctoral researchers in the field of tobacco regulatory science
- Provide start-up funding for pilot projects
Overall Theme: Initiation and uptake of tobacco products
- Areas of emphasis:
- Urban and rural adolescents and adults
- Dual tobacco product use
- Toxic exposures to tobacco products
- Genetic susceptibilities to tobacco products
- Tobacco product dependence and quitting behaviors
- Advertising and marketing of tobacco products
- Decision-making about tobacco product preferences
Twenty faculty members from seven OSU colleges and the Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) composed the core of OSU-CERTS.
OSU-CERTS Research Projects
- Urban and Rural Male Youth Cohort Study of Tobacco Use in Ohio
- 1000 adolescent urban and rural males in Franklin County & Appalachia
- Adolescent Trajectories, Exposures and Susceptibilities
- Biomarkers of exposure, toxicity and genetics in parents and siblings of urban and rural adolescent males in Franklin County and Appalachia
- Diversity of Tobacco Products Used and Purchased in Ohio
- Study of 1200 urban and rural adults who use and purchase combustible products, smokeless products, electronic cigarettes and dual-use products in Franklin County and Appalachia
- Comprehension of Health Risks in More or Less Arousing Affective Contexts
- Well-controlled experiments about decision-making and product preferences based on graphic warning labels