Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: July 2014 - August 2019
Principal Investigator: Sherman, Scott

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and throughout much of the world. The research focus for this study was on understanding waterpipe tobacco use. The study examined the business and financial aspects of waterpipe tobacco smoking, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of hookah bar owners and the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and financial preferences of waterpipe tobacco users. The study developed preliminary models of the cost-effectiveness of a cessation intervention for waterpipe tobacco use, and of the effect of different financial regulatory approaches to waterpipe tobacco use. Increased understanding of waterpipe tobacco usage will help in the creation of effective and cost-effective interventions for waterpipe tobacco users.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Link AR, Cawkwell PB, Shelley DR, Sherman SE (2015).
An exploration of online behaviors and social media use among hookah and electronic-cigarette users
Addictive Behaviors Reports, 2, 37-40. doi: 10.1016/j.abrep.2015.05.006. PMCID: PMC4496793.