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UNC, Stanford, WashU Receive $11.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Retail Tobacco

Public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University, and Washington University in St. Louis are recipients of a five-year $11.6 million National Institutes of Health grant, Advancing Science & Practice in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE). The project’s goal is to build a strong scientific evidence base for effective retail policies to help reduce tobacco use, tobacco-related disparities, and the public health burden of tobacco, including cancer.

Most tobacco is purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers, where the tobacco industry spends $1 million every hour on advertising and marketing. The rapid growth and spread of policies and interventions in the tobacco retail setting in recent years calls for systematic research to evaluate the efforts.

The ASPiRE Center’s three innovative and complementary research projects are:

The ASPiRE Center also has three shared resource cores that will provide administrative, data and statistics, and dissemination and implementation support. A community advisory board, whose members include tobacco control leaders, and organizations such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, will provide input and guidance as to what is most needed in their communities.

The new project builds on a collaboration that began in 2012 with funding from the National Cancer Institute.

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