The Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Sciences (TCORS) at the Rutgers School of Public Health has secured funding for the next five years thanks to an $18 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, Rutgers University announced Tuesday.
With participating researchers from Rutgers and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, TCORS focuses on the effects of tobacco product advertising, packaging and labeling on the perceptions, use and exposure of such products.
“Tobacco regulatory science can inform FDA on future steps that can reduce harm from the most dangerous tobacco products and have the greatest potential to improve public health,” said Director of the Center at Rutgers, Cristine Delnevo.
She is also co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and co-principal investigator, along with Penn’s Director of the Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory Andrew Strasser, at Penn’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction.
“We are taking a comprehensive approach to better understand the arc from advertising and packaging of combustible tobacco products, through use patterns and exposure,” said Dr. Strasser.