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UNBC researcher gets grant to study tobacco sales on children

A researcher with the Northern Medical Program, 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).

The funding is part of a series of grants aimed at projects that can use existing resources to undertake research that has the potential to improve reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes

Dr. Russ Callaghan

Dr. Callaghan’s research will assess the impacts of Canada’s minimum age of tobacco sales on child and youth smoking behaviour in Canada. 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).

“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.”

BACKGROUNDER

  • The CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (CIHR-IHDCYH) is investing $1.85 million to fund 25 one-year research projects that will use existing data and biospecimens to answer novel research questions and test innovative hypotheses that have the potential to improve reproductive, maternal and child health outcomes: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/50422.html
  • Dr. Callaghan’s research team will include collaborators from the University of Toronto, and also potentially undergraduate students from UNBC.

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