Investigators at the C. Everett Koop Institute examine the powerful influences that drive unhealthy, disease-causing behaviors, such as tobacco use and the overconsumption of alcohol and highly processed foods. Through rigorous scientific research, the Koop Institute studies the effects of advertising, entertainment media, and individuals’ own genetics on these behaviors, and advocates for policies that protect public health, especially in children.
Goal: $5 million
The electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) industry is rapidly growing in the United States and the use of e-cigarettes is controversial. The controversy persists because researchers do not yet know if e-cigarette use results in more benefit than harm at the population level. New research from Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, in collaboration with Moores Cancer Center at UCSD, UCSF School of Nursing, and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, quantifies the balance of harms and benefits using the most current scientific evidence.