National Institutes of Health Funding for Tobacco Control: 2006 and 2016

Ashley L. Merianos, Judith S. Gordon, Kelsi J. Wood, E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens

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Purpose: The study objective was to describe and compare changes in newly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) tobacco-related awards between fiscal year (FY) 2006 and FY2016. Design: Secondary analysis of NIH data. Setting: National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool database was used. Subjects: National Institutes of Health tobacco-related awards newly funded during FY2006 and FY2016. Measures: Search terms included tobacco, smoking, nicotine, secondhand smoke, and e-cigarettes. Grants and funding amounts were retrieved. Analysis: We calculated frequency distributions to determine the number and percentage of total NIH grants funded overall and by specific institute, and inflation-adjusted total and median funding amounts. We computed percentage differences in number of new grants, funding amounts, and percentage of funding allocated overall, and by institute. Results: There was a 187% increase in the percentage of total NIH funding allocated to new tobacco-related awards from 0.09% in FY2006 to 0.25% in FY2016. Total number of awards increased by 67% in FY2016 (n = 144; $56 015 931) compared to FY2006 (n = 86; $22 076 987), and there was a 154% increase in inflation-adjusted total funding for tobacco control. The top funding institutes were National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Cancer Institute; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism was third in FY2006; and National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in FY2016. Research grants were the most frequently funded. Smoking cessation was a common topic area and increased by 64%. Conclusion: NIH funding is critical for advancing the science of nicotine and tobacco research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-284
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019


  • National Institutes of Health
  • electronic cigarettes
  • smoking cessation
  • smoking control
  • tobacco control interventions
  • tobacco smoke exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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