Tobacco and ESD Prevention and Use
For over ten years, AI has conducted numerous large and complex projects that focus on service and funding for chemical dependence, in particular tobacco and electronic smoking device (ESD) use. These projects include:
Extensive experience in the prevention and cessation of tobacco use, as evidenced by our work with the State of Maryland, Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control where we moderated eight focus groups with young adults who smoked tobacco or used electronic smoking devices while underage and in high school.
AI assessed the Colorado State Tobacco and Education Prevention (STEP) Program. In doing so, Dr. Flowers conducted interviews with state program staff and those who implement tobacco control programs locally through the state’s public health infrastructure. Dr. Flowers worked with the state to develop the survey instrument, supervised the interviewing, developed the coding scheme for the interviews and coded the transcribed interview text.
AI evaluated smoke-free multi-unit housing (SFMUH) efforts in Kansas City, Missouri for a Community Transformation Grant awarded to the Mid-America Regional Coalition. For the SFMUH portion of this work, AI developed surveys of owner/managers of complexes before and after going smoke-free, as well as surveys of residents. Additionally, AI evaluated a healthy corner stores initiative, collecting inventory data and intercept interviews of store customers with an assessment of their purchased items.
AI currently works on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study as a subcontractor to Westat. We provide focus groups and qualitative data coding in support of questionnaire development. The PATH study is the country’s largest study of tobacco use, funded by funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).