A Northern Medical Program researcher is looking into the the impacts of Canada’s minimum age of tobacco sales on child and youth smoking behaviour. It’s thanks to a $75, 000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research– Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health.
Dr. Russ Callaghan will spend a year gathering information for the project. He will be working out of the Research Data Centre, which was recently opened at UNBC. Dr. Callaghan says there is surprisingly little research into the affects of the minimum age tobacco restrictions. He hopes the CIHR grant will help generate scientific data to guide the tobacco control policy in Canada, and even the US.