Kai-Wen Cheng, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Kai-Wen Cheng is a senior research specialist in IHRP’s Health Policy Center, where she works on the Tobacconomics team, and an assistant professor in health administration at Governors State University in University Park, Ill. She is an IHRP Fellow.

Dr. Cheng applies economic and policy analyses to investigate impacts of tobacco control policies, including taxations/pricings, smokefree laws, and FDA potential regulations on tobacco use and related outcomes. She has contributed to smoking-related economics research for over ten years, tobacco policy and regulation research for more tha seven years, and FDA tobacco regulatory science research for over three years.

Prior to joining IHRP in 2017, Dr. Cheng was a postdoctoral research associate in tobacco control regulatory science at Georgia State University, for two years.  For several years, she was an assistant professor of the Institute of Health Policy and Management in the National Taiwan University School of Public Health. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco.

In 2010, Cornell University awarded Dr. Cheng her PhD in policy analysis and management in 2010. Her dissertation was titled, "Three Essays on the Economics of Health Behaviors."

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Heckman BW, Fong GT, Borland R, et al. The impact of vaping and regulatory environment on cigarette demand: behavioral economic perspective across four countries. Addiction. 2018 Dec 21. doi: 10.1111/add.14538.

Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ, Shang C, Ngo A, Fong GT, Borland R, Heckman BW, Levy DT, Cummings KM. Prices, use restrictions and electronic cigarette use-evidence from wave 1 (2016) US data of the ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey. Addiction. 2019 Jan 28. doi: 10.1111/add.14562.

Shang C, Weaver SR, Zahra N, Huang J, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ. The association between potential exposure to magazine ads with voluntary health warnings and the perceived harmfulness of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Mar 23;15(4). pii: E575.

Ngo A, Cheng KW, Shang C, Huang J, Chaloupka FJ. Global evidence on the association between cigarette graphic warning labels and cigarette smoking prevalence and consumption. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Feb 28;15(3).

He Y, Shang C, Huang J, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ. Global evidence on the effect of point-of-sale display bans on smoking prevalence. Tob Control. 2018 Jan 13. pii: tobaccocontrol-2017-053996.

Ngo A, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ, Shang C. The effect of MPOWER scores on cigarette smoking prevalence and consumption. Prev Med. 2017 Dec;105S:S10-S14.

Tauras JA, Peck RM, Cheng KW, Chaloupka FJ. Graphic warning labels and the cost savings from reduced smoking among pregnant women. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Feb 8;14(2).

Shang C, Huang J, Cheng KW, He Y, Chaloupka FJ. The association between warning label requirements and cigarette smoking prevalence by education -- findings from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Jan 21;14(1).

Shang C, Huang J, Cheng KW, Li Q, Chaloupka FJ. Global evidence on the association between POS advertising bans and youth smoking participation. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Mar 9;13(3).