Assessing Tobacco Product Choice When the Cost of Menthol Cigarettes Increases

2018-08-07 16:31:12 | BioPortfolio


In this study, participants will complete a behavioral economics laboratory task and validation field assessments to understand how menthol cigarette policy restrictions may affect tobacco product purchasing and use.


We will enroll 60 smokers who will complete four lab sessions and two field assessments. Participants meeting initial eligibility criteria over the phone will complete an in-person screening visit. Breath carbon monoxide and alcohol tests will be collected. Participants will answer questionnaires on the computer and via interview about their tobacco use and medical history. Eligible participants will remain in the lab to complete additional baseline questionnaires and will be given the opportunity to sample alternative tobacco products, such as LCCs, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and nicotine replacement.

During the next two lab sessions, participants will complete a behavioral economics assessment, the Experimental Tobacco Marketplace task, designed to simulate purchasing tobacco products online. Participants will be given 'coupons' to obtain tobacco products from the online experimental marketplace. After these lab sessions, participants will be provided with the tobacco products they selected from the online experimental marketplace to use during 3-day field assessments to validate the task. Participants will be told to only use tobacco products provided by the lab during the field assessments. At both lab sessions, participants will complete questionnaires about their tobacco use, mood, and reactions to the alternative tobacco products. At the final lab session, a qualitative interview will be conducted to learn more about the participants' experiences selecting and using tobacco products.

Study Design


Tobacco Use


Experimental Tobacco Marketplace Task


Brown University School of Public Health
Rhode Island
United States




Brown University

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