The Behavioral Health Research Lab was established in 2014 by Dr. Caroline Cobb.
The BHRL focuses on projects related to how tobacco use is associated with biological and behavioral measures such as nicotine/toxicant exposure, subjective effects, and consumption patterns, as well as examining broader population-level patterns and predictors of tobacco use. A primary focus has been investigating the influence of novel and/or alternative tobacco products such as waterpipes (hookah), little cigars/cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on individual and population health. All of these products have been promoted either formally by manufacturers or informally by users as a “safer” or “healthier” alternative to cigarettes. Consequently, increases in awareness and use of these products have been observed despite the lack of clear scientific evidence to support such claims. Research performed in the BHRL is used to inform public health efforts and tobacco-related policies surrounding the availability of these products.