Northern Researcher to Study Impact of Restricted Tobacco Sales
Dr. Russ Callaghan, has received a $75,000 grant for a one-year project from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH).
His research will examine if the minimum age for tobacco sales in Canada has had any impact on the smoking behaviours of children and youth.
“Experts in Canada and the United States have argued that raising the minimum age of tobacco sales would dramatically reduce smoking among youth and produce long-term health benefits for society,” said Dr. Callaghan. “But surprisingly little research has assessed the impacts of minimum age tobacco restrictions. This CIHR grant will provide invaluable support for our research team to generate scientific results to help guide tobacco-control policy in Canada, as well as in the United States.”
Dr. Callaghan’s research team will include members from the University of Toronto an possible undergraduate students at UNBC.
As part of gathering information for this project, Dr. Callaghan will be using the new Research Data Centre that was recently opened at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).