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How do you develop a knowledge base for tobacco regulatory science?

Advancing tobacco product regulation through research

To exercise its legal authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires rigorous and timely scientific evidence to inform its regulatory activities. The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at FDA funds tobacco regulatory science (TRS) research that supports the government’s regulation of tobacco products. Multiple scientific disciplines contribute to development of an extensive knowledge base for the field of TRS. Key areas for research projects and training programs are:

  • The diversity of tobacco products and use patterns
  • Toxicity and carcinogenicity of tobacco products
  • Health effects of tobacco product use and addiction
  • Communications about the risks and harms posed by tobacco product use
  • The impact of tobacco product marketing on tobacco product use

In partnership with the Schroeder Institute at the Legacy Foundation, Westat developed the Center for Evaluation and Coordination of Training and Research (CECTR) in Tobacco Regulatory Science to support and evaluate FDA-funded TRS and training programs. CECTR is supported via a cooperative agreement from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health with funding from CTP.

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