Andrew Stokes, Ph.D.

Andrew Stokes, Ph.D.

Institution: Boston University School of Public Health

Project: Association of Electronic Cigarette Use with Respiratory Health

Grant(s): Public Policy Research Award

E-cigarette use has increased dramatically in recent years in the United States. However, current evidence on the respiratory health effects of e-cigarettes is insufficient to inform tobacco regulatory policy. To fill this gap, we will use data from the large, nationally representative Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study to prospectively examine the association of e-cigarette use behaviors and product transitions (such as the transition to exclusive e-cigarette use or dual cigarette and regular cigarette use) with respiratory symptoms and events. We will then assess risks associated with specific product characteristics, flavors, and use behaviors. We will also identify patterns of use behavior that are most strongly associated with respiratory events. This research will generate robust and timely evidence on the health risks of e-cigarettes to inform state and federal efforts to regulate sales, packaging, and marketing.

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