The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty and staff from VCU, American University of Beirut, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the University of Southern California, as well as several other U.S. and international universities and organizations to focus on an issue of immediate concern to public health — the regulation of tobacco products.
The CSTP seeks to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with hypothesis-driven data regarding advanced generation ECIGs and test predictions about some potential regulations now, while developing a model that can be used to shape, refine and predict the effects of many potential regulatory actions in the future. Overall, CSTP’s integrative theme of impact analysis draws on our expertise in tobacco product toxicity, user behavior, abuse liability and prospective cohort survey methods to provide FDA tools that can be used to guide regulation development so that, by the time a regulation goes into effect, methods predictive of population-level phenomena have tested it, refined it and generated data that show its health-promoting effects are maximized and unintended consequences are minimized.
The CSTP is administered within the Department of Psychology, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, with linkages to the Massey Cancer Center.
Do you smoke tobacco cigarettes or vape/use electronic cigarettes?
People who use tobacco cigarettes and/or vape using e-cigarettes, and are between the ages of 18‐55 are needed to participate in research studies that require multiple laboratory visits.
Visit our studies page,
or call (804) 827-3562,
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Principal Investigator: Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D.