The AHA is committing up to $20 million to fund two or three (2-3) bold, ground-breaking research projects focused on the health impacts of nicotine and nicotine delivery products in children and youth. The AHA seeks to accelerate desperately needed answers about the health effects of e-cigarettes and other novel nicotine delivery devices (ENNDs) and how to prevent and/or reverse the developing epidemic of nicotine addiction, among children and youth (defined as 15-24 years of age).
As rates of combustible cigarette use fell to historic lows, the tobacco industry devised a novel way to addict a new generation of customers to their nicotine products. E-cigarettes have been falsely marketed as safer for users, less intrusive to others, and an effective means for quitting combustible tobacco. The reality is the biological impacts of the myriad chemicals delivered via the various types of available e-cigarettes and other novel nicotine delivery devices (ENNDs) on multiple organ systems (heart, brain, lungs, vasculature, etc.) are largely unknown, especially among vulnerable children and youth - who are still growing. The difficulty in defining the etiology of the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung disease and deaths is an additional tragic validation of this urgent gap in knowledge.
There is also insufficient data on behavioral factors, specific social influencers, and policies on initiation, dual-use, addiction, and/or cessation across or between diverse populations. Policymakers, regulators, medical professionals and parents are seeking strategies, policies,and solutions, but the scientific evidence to inform these efforts is in many cases inadequate as understanding of the long-term effects of nicotine addiction in children and youth have been inadequately researched.
Deadline: Jan. 7, 2020