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Tobacco Research Initiatives


Tobacco Research Initiatives

Tobacco use is the leading cause of disease and death in the nation, accounting for over 443,000 deaths per year. WV ranks at or near the top nationally in adult and youth tobacco use; almost 4,000 of the state’s residents die each year from tobacco use or secondhand smoke exposure. As a result, our state health and education partners have identified tobacco use as a primary research area for our Center since its inception. Our early collaborations emphasized teen tobacco use cessation, as well as evaluation of state health department tobacco control programs. The success of these early efforts led to almost two decades of continuous federal and state funding, and provided a platform for the WVPRC’s translational Tobacco Program.

The Tobacco Research Initiatives Program brings together a multidisciplinary group of researchers from across WVU, policy makers, health care providers, and community members to conduct and translate innovative research related to tobacco prevention and control.

Research Efforts:

  • Investigations of genetic, environmental, and bio-behavioral determinants or consequences of tobacco use
  • Dual tobacco use
  • Potential Reduced Exposure Tobacco Products (PREPs)
  • Relationship between tobacco use and other health-risk behaviors
  • Investigations of effective interventions to prevent, reduce and stop tobacco use
  • Assessments of the effectiveness and economic impact of tobacco-related policy and practice in public and private sectors
  • Translation of basic, clinical, or population research into policy and practice through practitioner training, dissemination, and evaluation

The PRC also has a highly productive evaluation arm that serves as the independent evaluator for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health's Division of Tobacco Prevention. Consistent with an emphasis on translation, this state  partnership helps to ensure that West Virginia’s tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are founded in science, responsive to communities, and accountable to state policy makers. Tobacco Program staff developed an online tobacco prevention module that has been incorporated into WVU’s Virtual Orientation for incoming students.  Members also contribute their expertise to WVU, WV, and the nation on tobacco use, interventions, and policy.

If you are interested in learning more about our Tobacco Program please contact:

For Research interest: Drs. Geri Dino or Melissa Blank at gdino@hsc.wvu.edu or mdblank@mail.wvu.edu



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