PRCHN researchers author papers on smoking, SNAP benefits

Three groups of researchers from the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) published articles covering their work on teen smoking, farmers’ markets and impoverished shoppers, and young users of both cigarettes and cigars.

“Adolescent Dual-Product Users: Acquisition and situational use of cigarettes and cigars”

Research conducted by Erika Trapl, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population, Quantitative and Health Science, and Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, a research associate at PRCHN, was recently published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The article, titled “Adolescent Dual-Product Users: Acquisition and situational use of cigarettes and cigars,” discusses how adolescents who smoke both cigarettes and cigar products obtain and use them using data from the 2011 Cuyahoga County Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Their work is available to read at Science Direct.

“Attitudes and risk perceptions toward smoking among adolescents who modify cigar products”

Erika Trapl, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population, Quantitative and Health Science, and Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, a research associate at PRCHN, published their work on adolescent smoking behaviors.

The paper, titled “Attitudes and risk perceptions toward smoking among adolescents who modify cigar products,” was published in Ethnicity and Disease and examines high school students’ perceptions of and attitude toward cigarette, cigar and marijuana use. They particularly looked at those who modified cigars for drug use.

Read their paper in Ethnicity and Disease.

“Predictors of farmers’ market shopping among people Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits”

Several CWRU researchers published a paper in the American Journal of Community Psychology titled “Predictors of farmers’ market shopping among people Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.”

The paper examines how farmers’ markets can increase access to produce in communities that lack proper sources of healthy food. It particular focuses on strategies related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The CWRU-affiliated authors are:

  • Darcy Freedman, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population, Quantitative and Health Science;
  • Erika Trapl, associate director of PRCHN and associate professor in the Department of Population, Quantitative and Health Science;
  • Elain Borawski, director of PRCHN and the Angela Bowen Williamson Professor of Community Nutrition; and
  • Susan Flocke, associate professor of family medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics.

Read their work through the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.