Research - VFHY

Research is a critical component of the Virginia Foundation for Health Youth’s (VFHY) strategies to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use in Virginia. Its specific interests include understanding:

  • Components of youth culture/behavior in order to inform future marketing efforts in Virginia
  • The  impact of new and/or alternative tobacco products on youth in Virginia
  • Psycho-social aspects of youth tobacco use
  • Factors that relate to the progression of experimentation with tobacco products to nicotine addiction by youth under the age of 18
  • The types of prevention and cessation interventions that work with various demographics of youth.

The VFHY research goals include building a statewide program of research on causes and prevention of youth tobacco use; funding collaborative projects to avoid duplication of efforts; funding multi-disciplinary and multi-partner research in order to utilize expertise and resources efficiently; promoting collaboration and research-sharing within the scientific community; generating new investigators’ interest in tobacco prevention research; and using VFHY funding as base for attracting additional outside funding for youth tobacco research in Virginia.

Current Research Projects

Currently, VFHY funds six research projects at three institutions across Virginia:

Eastern Virginia Medical School
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George Mason University
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Virginia Commonwealth University
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Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects (VYTP)

In its mandate from the VFHY Board, the VYTP was charged with the responsibility to build a statewide, coordinated program of multi-disciplinary research on youth tobacco use.  In addressing that mandate, the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects Research Coalition was established (PIs are Dr. J. Randy Koch and Dr. Alison Breland).

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