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Tobacco Regulatory Science

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ryan Kennedy

This course will provide students with an overview of tobacco product regulation, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, shisha, and emerging nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes. Students will gain a working knowledge of tobacco regulatory frameworks, including the Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (Articles 9 and 10), and national policies, including the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Students will learn about past regulatory successes, including fire-safe cigarettes, flavor and menthol bans, and emerging strategies to limit nicotine content. Students will learn to search industry patents to understand how product innovation is protected and presented. Finally, they will study the tobacco industry’s tactics to counter tobacco regulation by critically assessing of media stories.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand tobacco product design and the numerous techniques used to increase product attractiveness and addictiveness
  2. Explore the complexity of tobacco product regulation, including regulating product contents such as additives and nicotine concentrations
  3. Identify tobacco industry arguments and tactics against regulation of tobacco product contents, design, and emissions
  4. Understand contemporary issues in the field of tobacco regulatory science, including emerging products such as electronic nicotine delivery systems
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Quizzes
  • 15% Presentation(s)
  • 40% Assignments
  • 20% Discussion Board
  • 5% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in the Certificate in Global Tobacco Control

Instructor Consent:

No consent required