Our Mission

The Economic Health Policy Research (EHPR) team evaluates the effectiveness of both economic policies and health policies aimed to help people decrease behaviors that increase the risk of cancer and increase behaviors that may help prevent cancer.

About 30% of all cancer deaths in the US linked with tobacco use and research has proven that tobacco control measures are effective. Those are key reasons that our team focuses on reducing the use of both conventional and novel tobacco products.

The specific objectives of the ACS EHPR team, led by Nigar Nargis, PhD, are to:

Measure the “costs” of using tobacco on individuals, families, and society by analyzing the rate of new diagnoses of tobacco-related cancers and deaths.

Study the effectiveness of local, state, and federal economic and health policies designed to prevent people from starting to smoke and to encourage them to stop smoking.

Consider ways to tailor policy interventions for subgroups of the population.

Estimate the costs of implementing effective policies.

Project how policy interventions will affect health and economic outcomes.

Promote collaboration and coordination among researchers, advocacy organizations, policy makers, and funders engaged in similar research programs and policy initiatives.

The team also studies policies to reduce the use of alcohol as well as policies to help increase healthy exercise and eating.

We’re dedicated to helping reach the Healthy People 2030 goal of reducing the smoking prevalence in adults age 18 and older by 5% to 2030, which is aligned with the ACS Challenge Goal of reducing cancer mortality by 40% by 2035.

Key Terms

  • Economic Policies: These cover national, state, or local government systems for setting up taxation, government budgets, interest rates, labor market, trade agreements, and more.
  • Health Policies: Rules and guidelines set to achieve specific health care goals within a society. Categories of health policies include global health, public health, health care services, health insurance, tobacco control, employer health, and more.
  • Tobacco Control: Strategies and efforts to decrease the use of tobacco products through public-level education, health policy, and laws that may affect tobacco farming, price of tobacco products, mass media campaigns, and smoke-free policies.
  • Smoking Rate: The prevalence of tobacco smoking (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or any other smoked tobacco or nicotine product) in a defined population. For example, the smoking rate of men age 15 and older in the United States is the share (or percentage) of men who smoke out of all men in that age group and country.

Our Work

The EPHR team is deeply engaged in cutting-edge research on tobacco control policies concerned with conventional products (like cigarettes) and novel tobacco products (like smokeless tobacco).