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Government grants to support study of tobacco use and health

The federal government has awarded $17.7 million to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and seven other institutions to continue work over the next nine years on a major study of tobacco use and health.

The funds are from the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The study will be conducted by Westat of Rockville, Md., with Roswell Park Cancer continuing as scientific lead and Andrew Hyland, chairman of the cancer center’s Department of Health Behavior, serving as principal investigator.

The study, which began collecting data in September 2013 and includes the largest group of tobacco users to be studied over time, is looking at such issues as changes in tobacco product use, perceptions of harm from using new and emerging tobacco products, cessation efforts, consumer perceptions of risk, and the influence of tobacco marketing on tobacco users. A key objective of the initiative is to provide information to support population-based tobacco regulations.