Preventive Medicine Special Issues

PM Special Issue Cover

The December 2018 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine (PM) is the fifth in a series that focuses on behavior change, health, and health disparities. Contributors to these Special Issues are selected from participants in the VCBH's Annual Conference on Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities. 

The topics covered in this Special Issue are specific to tobacco regulatory science, a field which assures that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center of Tobacco Products (CTP) has the multidisciplinary scientific input necessary to conduct evidence-based regulation. More specifically, this issue focuses on a set of three current topics in tobacco regulatory science:

1) Examining current research examining the effects of a potential national policy that would reduce the nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally addictive levels.

2) Increasing scientific understanding on the risk and patterns of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use in vulnerable populations.

3) Potential role of e-cigarettes and other non-combusted sources of nicotine as less harmful substitutes for combusted products for those unwilling or unable to quite nicotine use.

Preventive Medicine Fourth Special Issue, December 2018

           To share the latest research in effectively addressing and managing these problems, Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, collaborated with experts on a fifth annual Special Issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, titled “Behavior change, health, and health disparities 2018: Tobacco Regulatory Science.” 

            “While tremendous progress has been made in reducing overall U.S. smoking prevalence and its adverse health impacts, more needs to be done.” Higgins writes in his introduction. “This Special Issue offers some ideas that have the potential to make a substantive contribution towards that goal."

            The Special Issue features 15 scientific papers on tobacco regulatory science.

Articles on the topic of reducing nicotine content cigarettes include but not limited to:

 Articles on the topic of tobacco regulatory science and vulnerable populations include but are not limited to:

 Articles on the challenges/potential benefits of facilitating substitution of non-combustible products for conventional cigarettes among persistent cigarette smokers include but are not limited to:

Contributors to the Special Issue are selected from participants in the 2017 Annual Conference on Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities organized by the VCBH.

Past Special Issues

2017: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2017, Volume 104, Pages 1-136
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2016: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2016, Volume 89, Pages 1-182
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2015: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2015, Volume 80, Pages 1-106 
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2014: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2014, Volume 68, Pages 1-80
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

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2012: Supplemental Issue on Incentives and Health
November 2012, Volume 55, Supplement, Pages S1-S124 (1 November 2012) Incentives on Health
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins, Kenneth Silverman, Stacey C. Sigmon and Neal A. Naito