Cassandra Stanton Directs Special Issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research

To tackle the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a plan to reduce nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes. The journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research recently published a special issue of 23 articles focused on reduced-nicotine cigarette research. Cassandra Stanton, Ph.D., of Westat’s Tobacco Studies Sector served as guest editor of the issue, Standards to Reduce Nicotine in Combusted Tobacco in the United States, partnering with Eric Donny, Ph.D., of Wake Forest School of Medicine.

“Through support from CASEL (Center for Coordination of Analytics, Science, Enhancement, and Logistics—a cooperative agreement between Westat, the FDA, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse), we were able to assemble a dream team of leading national experts to contribute policy commentaries and results from rigorous empirical studies. This issue is very timely and will be a valuable resource for national policymakers,” notes Dr. Stanton.

In addition to serving as guest editor, Dr. Stanton is the lead author of the preamble to the special issue, and Westat’s Kathyrn Edwards, Ph.D., co-authored a policy commentary.

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