Developmental Awards


Proposal Title / Dates Principal Investigator / Institution Project Summary

The Content of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Advertising In Print and Its Effect on Risk Perceptions and Use Behaviors

(Sept 2015 – August 2016)

Ce Shang (UIC) The proposed study will examine the effects of risk, flavor, and product type descriptors in electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) print advertising on risk perception and use behavior. Findings from the proposed study will demonstrate how contents of ENDS adverting impact public health through influencing the risk perception and use of ENDS and will inform the FDA about the future regulatory actions on ENDS characteristics and advertising. Furthermore, the proposed project will provide preliminary evidence for a future R01 application, which will comprehensively study ENDS advertising on various platforms and its impact on ENDS risk perceptions, use outcomes, and consequences.

Exploring the Amount and Themes of Little Cigar and Cigarillo Content on Instagram

(Sept 2015 – August 2017)

Ganna Kostygina (UIC / NORC) Young adults and ethnic minorities have the highest rates of little cigar and cigarillo consumption and use social media more frequently than the general population. Social media are increasingly used by tobacco companies to market little cigars and cigarillos, however, no studies have examined the amount and themes of Instagram posts about these products. This project will fill this gap by identifying major Instagram message types and marketing strategies promoting these products to youth and ethnic minorities. These insights will then be used to develop concepts and technologies to help prevent youth exposure to tobacco product marketing in social media.

Patterns of ENDS use and population quit rates: A longitudinal study of currents smokers

(Sept 2015 – August 2016)

Scott Weaver (GSU) The goal of the project is to fill the gap in knowledge on the impact of ENDS use on the population quit rates of adult smokers, with a particular focus on the heterogeneity in ENDS use topography, device characteristics, perceptions, and trajectories on smoking behavior and population quit rates while addressing some of the methodological limitations of prior research.

An Environmental Scan of POS for E-Cigarettes

(Jun 2014 – May 2015)

Shanta Dube (GSU) An environmental scan of POS (point of sale) for e-cigarettes to identify the various types of e-cigarette devices and e-liquids currently available and most frequently used. The research also aims to develop new survey measurement instruments that will be used for surveillance and research on risk factors related to e-cigarette usage.

Developing Methods for Measuring E-Cigarette Consumption

(Sept 2014 – August 2015)

Youn Ok Lee (RTI) Little is known about the health effects of e-cigarettes or the potential influence of e-cigarettes on conventional cigarette smoking. The study examines the real world puffing behaviors of dual e-cigarette and conventional cigarette users to assess the potential positive and negative consequences associated with e-cigarette use.

Exploratory Study of Vape Shop Marketing Practices in Seven Cities

(Sept 2014 – August 2015)

Jidong Huang (UIC), Dianne Barker (UIC) An exploratory study of vape shop marketing practices in seven cities that may provide more information to the FDA regarding the impact of the labeling and marketing of electronic nicotine delivery products (ENDS).



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