Georgia State 2CI Fellow Researches Impact and Consequences of Tobacco Use, Vaping in United States
Robert Fairman is a 2CI Fellow at Georgia State in the Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science. Regulatory science is an arm of research that aims to develop new tools, standards, and to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated policies—tobacco regulatory science helps the FDA inform regulations and policies they create regarding tobacco products. Fairman works within the health behavioral area of this informative process.
“I am a social and behavioral epidemiologist. Epidemiology is the study of diseases: how they spread, what causes them, and their outcomes. Simply, social epidemiology is looking at what social structures are more or less likely to cause an outcome.”
Arriving this past summer, Fairman did research on the modification of vaping devices—now he does research at Georgia State on the implications of vaping, and the use of other tobacco products. The recent headlines regarding vaping-related illness or death is a cause of concern for Fairman.