The Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) on Youth and Young Adults is comprised of three different University of Texas (UT) sites: the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, UT Austin, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, each of which hosts one of 3 funded research projects. Additionally, Projects 1 and 2 include faculty from the Rutgers School of Public Health. Our overall goal is to develop an integrated program of research and training to provide scientific evidence, and a career path for regulatory scientists, to support US tobacco regulation. Watch the presentation below for more information on Texas TCORS.
Our vision is to eliminate the use of nicotine and tobacco products by young people to maximize public health.
Our mission is to provide professional training and scientific research on youth and young adult use of nicotine & tobacco products, and marketing methods targeted to this population, in order to inform and support effective, evidence-based regulation of nicotine & tobacco products.
Overview of TCORS
The passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) in 2009 gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products in order to protect public health. In association with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the FDA has funded 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS). The 14 Centers will address a variety of tobacco-related issues, including epidemiology, economics, toxicology, constituents, and marketing. The research will provide the FDA with sound and relevant scientific evidence upon which to base future tobacco regulatory actions and activities. Importantly, our TCORS is the only Center among the 14 TCORS that is specifically studying the impacts of tobacco and tobacco marketing on youth and young adults, which is the most vulnerable age group for beginning tobacco use and becoming addicted.