Study Overview

In October 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new study called the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study.

The PATH Study was one of the first projects that NIH and FDA have worked on together since Congress gave FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. The study will look at tobacco use and how it affects the health of Americans.

About 49,000 people ages 12 years and older are participating in the PATH Study. Some of them use tobacco; others do not. Interviewers meet with each person once a year or every other year. Each year the study will invite some participants to take part in additional study activities. To learn more about the PATH Study research objectives and study team, click on one of the navigation buttons below.

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