Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB)
The Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) leads and collaborates on research and disseminates evidence-based findings to prevent, treat, and control tobacco use in order to create a world free of tobacco use and related cancer and suffering. TCRB is within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).
- Advertising and marketing of tobacco products
- Epidemiology and surveillance of tobacco knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
- Etiology, predictors, correlates, and determinants of tobacco use, nicotine dependence, and cessation
- Global tobacco control, especially in low- and middle-income countries
- Media and policy to reduce tobacco use
- Other tobacco products, e.g., smokeless tobacco, cigars, roll-your-own, hookah, bidis, etc.
- Potential Reduced-Exposure Tobacco Products (PREPs)
- Secondhand smoke
- Tobacco cessation interventions at the individual, system, and population levels
- Tobacco control interventions for underserved and at-risk populations
- Tobacco industry documents
- Tobacco prevention interventions at the individual, system, and population levels
- Tobacco product analysis, e.g., design and composition, constituents and additives, processing, manufacturing
- Tobacco use and cessation in cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship
- Tobacco-related disparities
News and Highlights
- Seeking letters of interest for TCRB Program Director position by April 26
- Harmonized dataset including data from 1992-2015 TUS-CPS waves is now available
- Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults Lowest Ever Recorded: 14% in 2017
CDC Press Release; MMWR report
- Themed Issue on Eye Tracking (Tobacco Regulatory Science, November 2018)
- Vaping Pods Produce High Nicotine Levels in Young Users, Cancer Currents blog post
- New - CDC MMWR Report: State-Specific Prevalence of Tobacco Product Use Among Adults
- International Research in Tobacco Control factsheet (PDF, 993 KB), February 2018
Initiatives and Measures
TCRB Grant Portfolio and Funding Opportunities
Since my undergraduate days I have been fascinated by how smokers negotiate their identity as smokers. How do people simultaneously see themselves as sensible, rational people yet continue to engage in a risky behavior such as smoking?”Marie Helweg-Larsen, Ph.D. Other TCRB Featured Grantees
As a behavioral scientist in the field of cancer prevention and control, it is very exciting to have the opportunity to test cessation interventions in a setting with the potential to reach thousands of older adults who have struggled with smoking their entire lives.”Kathryn Taylor, Ph.D. Other TCRB Featured Grantees
Although adults with mental health disorders have the most to gain from quitting smoking, they still are the least likely to have their nicotine dependence treated. In order to achieve a major reduction in smoking rates and health disparities, much more work needs to be done to help individuals with mental illness to stop smoking.”Brian Hitsman, Ph.D. Other TCRB Featured Grantees
Read peer-reviewed manuscripts, funding analyses, and reports on behavioral research issues in cancer prevention and control.
Learn about TCRB’s organizational structure and team members. See selected funding opportunities.
Information & Resources
Learn about TCRB’s latest initiatives and tools for researchers, patients, and more.
Meet Our Staff
Our team of accomplished scientists and research associates, fellows, and administrators is dedicated to advancing behavioral science research in cancer prevention and control.TCRB Staff