Hussman’s Noar among UNC faculty leading tobacco regulatory science research projects funded by $18.6 million from NIH and FDA


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science (TCORS), an $18.6 million grant to conduct research into tobacco product regulation.
UNC Hussman’s Howard and McClean Parker Distinguished Professor Seth Noar is co-leading one of an integrated set of four research projects seeking to understand the impact of regulations and communication campaigns on people who are disadvantaged by tobacco use disparities.
Noar will be co-leading a research project to understand the impact of vaping prevention video ads on adolescents and young adults, along with UNC School of Medicine Assistant Professor Sarah Kowitt.
“This funding will allow us to further advance the science of e-cigarette and vaping prevention messaging among youth and young adults, with a special focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people who use e-cigarettes at a higher rate than other populations,” said Noar.
TCORS is led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health's ’ Jo Anne Earp Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior Kurt Ribisl, who also serves as program leader of cancer prevention and control at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC).
Read more from UNC Gillings about the NIH and FDA grants and the projects funded.