Rockville, MD (PRWEB) February 01, 2016
The National Institutes of Health(NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have chosen Westat to continue conducting the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, led by scientists at NIH and FDA. Westat has been conducting the PATH Study since its inception in 2011. The PATH Study is the largest national longitudinal study of tobacco use and its effects on the health of Americans. Westat leads a team of partner organizations whose researchers are preeminent in the field of tobacco research, including tobacco use behaviors and related health conditions.
Information from the PATH Study is helping NIH and FDA to understand tobacco use behaviors and how use affects health over time. Findings from the study will inform FDA’s regulatory decisions and actions under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. About 46,000 people ages 12 years and older are participating in the PATH Study.
“Westat is honored to have been selected to be a part of this important study and the public health policies it will inform now and in the future,” said David Maklan, Ph.D., PATH Study Co-Principal Investigator and Westat Senior Vice President.
About the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study (https://pathstudyinfo.nih.gov/UI/HomeMobile.aspx)
The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study is a national longitudinal study of tobacco use and how it affects the health of people in the United States. People from all over the country take part in this study. The PATH Study is the first large research effort undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since Congress gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009.
About Westat (http://www.westat.com)
Westat is one of the leading research and statistical survey organizations in the United States. Since 1963, Westat has provided statistical and evaluation research services to Federal and state government agencies and other organizations in the fields of health, education, social services, transportation, housing, the environment and other subjects.