Special Issue "Behavioral Research in Regulatory Tobacco Science"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.
Interests: Policy as a prevention strategy; health communications
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acquired the authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products in order to protect public health and established within the FDA a new Center for Tobacco Products. Research that can provide a scientific foundation for this Center is needed to inform tobacco regulatory policy, which includes an important role for biobehavioral science research. The goal of this Special Issue is to publish robust and innovative studies in behavioral science that highlight the importance of health behavior, health theory, health education, behavioral economics, communications, and other areas informative to this field. Behavioral science studies that include randomized controlled trials and other interventions, longitudinal studies, and biobehavioral research (such as virtual reality, eye tracking, ecological momentary analysis, fMRI, etc.) across the diversity of combustible and non-combustible tobacco products are welcomed. Priority populations, including sexual and gender minorities, youth and young adults, racial and ethnic minorities are encouraged. Studies that use health theory-informed designs coupled with robust, regulatory-focused research questions are especially welcomed for this Special Issue.
Disclaimer: We will not accept research funded in part or full by any tobacco companies in this Special Issue. For more details, please check: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/12/2831/htm.
Dr. Liz Klein
Dr. Amanda Quisenberry
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- Behavioral economics
- Health theory
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Effects of Vaping Prevention Messages on Beliefs, Perceived Harms, and Behavioral Intentions Among Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors: Villanti, A. C.; LePine, S. E.; West, J. C.; Cruz, T. B.; Stevens, E. M.; Unger, J. B.; Wackowski, O. A.; Mays, D.
Affiliation: Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, at the University of Vermont
Abstract: The goal of our study was to develop and test messages to prevent the uptake of electronic vapor product (EVP) use in young adults. Following a two-part message optimization phase, eight messages on vaping related harms (n = 6) and addictiveness (n = 2) were selected for inclusion in an online randomized controlled trial. Vermont young adults aged 18-24 (n = 569) were enrolled in the trial and randomized to view the eight vaping prevention messages (n = 295) or eight control messages on sun safety (n = 274). After completing baseline measures on sociodemographics, tobacco use (ever and past 30-day), and tobacco-related media exposure, participants viewed study messages and completed measures on message response, EVP-related beliefs, and EVP-related harm perceptions. All participants completed EVP-related beliefs and harm perception measures at 1-month follow-up, as well as measures on tobacco and EVP-related behavioral intentions and behavior (ever and past 30-day use). Findings suggested minimal effect of vaping prevention messages on EVP-related beliefs, harm perceptions, or behaviors in the full sample. Exploratory analyses in the intervention condition showed that greater perceived message effectiveness was associated with higher perceived harm of EVPs at follow-up and lower past 30-day use of EVPs, cigarettes, and cigars.