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Recent Publications

Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140472.
Authors: Schermbeck RM, Powell LM.

We compare the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative’s (CFBAI’s) April 2014 list of food and beverage products approved to be advertised on children’s television programs with the federal Interagency Working Group’s nutrition recommendations for such advertised products. Products were assessed by using the nutrients to limit (saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and sodium) component of the Interagency Working Group’s recommendations. Fifty-three percent of the listed products did not... more

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Daubresse M, Hutfless S, Kim Y, Kornfield R, Qato DM, Huang J, Miller K, Emery SL, Alexander GC.

Rationale: The United States is one of only two countries that permit direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs, and many questions remain regarding its effects. Objective: To... more

Tob Control. 2015 April 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Huang J, Zheng R, Chaloupka FJ, Fong GT, Jiang Y.

Background: Few studies have examined the impact of tobacco tax and price policies in China. In addition, very little is known about the differential responses to tax and price increases based on socioeconomic status in China. Objective: To estimate the conditional cigarette consumption price elasticity among adult urban smokers in China and to examine the differential responses to cigarette... more

Tob Control. 2015 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Shang C, Chaloupka FJ, Fong GT, Thompson M, O'Connor RJ.

Background: Recent studies have shown that more opportunities exist for tax avoidance when cigarette excise tax structure departs from a uniform specific structure. However, the association between tax structure and cigarette price variability has not been thoroughly studied in the existing literature. Objective: To examine how cigarette tax structure is associated with price variability.... more

Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]
Auhtors: Buscemi J, Blumstein L, Kong A, Stolley ML, Schiffer L, Odoms-Young A, Bittner C, Fitzgibbon ML.

Retaining underserved populations, particularly low-income and/or minority participants in research trials, presents a unique set of challenges. In this paper, we describe initial retention... more

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2015 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Crane NA, Schuster RM, Mermelstein RJ, Gonzalez R.

Introducation: Earlier initiation of cannabis use is associated with poorer neuropsychological functioning across several domains. Given well-documented sex differences in neuromaturation during adolescence, initiation of cannabis use during this time may affect... more

Am J Health Behav. 2015 May;39(3):409-20. 
Authors: Thomson JL, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Goodman MH, Zoellner JM.

Objective: To evaluate the utility of several participant engagement indicators for predicting health changes in a church-based lifestyle intervention shown effective for improving dietary, physical activity, and clinical outcomes. Methods: Descriptive indicators were constructed using 2 participant engagement measures - education session attendance (EDA) and exercise class attendance (EXA) - separately and... more

Tob Control. 2015 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Liber AC, Ross H, Omar M, Chaloupka FJ.

Objectives: Study the effects of the 2011 Malaysian minimum price law (MPL) on prices of licit and illicit cigarette brands. Identify barriers to the MPL achieving positive public health effects. Methods: The International Tobacco Control Project's Southeast Asia survey collected information on Malaysian smokers' cigarette purchases (n=7520) in five survey waves between 2005 and 2012.... more

Glob Heart. 2015 Mar;10(1):3-11. 
Authors: Barbero C, Gilchrist S, Schooley MW, Chriqui JF, Luke DA, Eyler AA.

An essential strategy expected to reduce the global burden of chronic and cardiovascular disease is evidence-based policy. However, it is often unknown what specific components should constitute an evidence-based policy intervention. We have developed an expedient method to appraise and compare the strengths of the evidence bases suggesting that individual components of a policy intervention will contribute to the... more

Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Cannon DS, Medina TR, Mermelstein RJ, Hedeker D, Bakian AV, Coon H, Cook EH, Hamil C, Weiss RB.

Introduction: The present study sought to identify time-dependent within-participant effects of CYP2A6 genotypes on smoking frequency and nicotine dependence in young smokers. Methods: Predicted nicotine metabolic rate based on CYP2A6 diplotypes (CYP2A6 Diplotype Predicted Rate [CDPR]) was... more