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Tobacco Regulatory Science

2nd term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ryan Kennedy

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Presents an overview of tobacco product regulation, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, shisha, and emerging nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes. Provides students 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 learn about past regulatory successes, including fire-safe cigarettes, flavor and menthol bans, and emerging strategies to limit nicotine content. Prepares students to search industry patents to understand how product innovation is protected and presented. Examines the tobacco industry’s tactics to counter tobacco regulation by critically assessing 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:

Section is only open to non-OPAL students. Students in OPAL programs must enroll in 605.671.86

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Section is only open to non-OPAL students. Students in OPAL programs must enroll in 605.671.86