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Welcome to the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science at USC

What We Do

The University of Southern California’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS) for Vulnerable Populations is one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science in the U.S. We were created to serve in the production of relevant scientific data to inform the regulatory decision making at the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products. Additionally, we are here to educate and train the next generation of tobacco regulatory scientists.

Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS): An Overview

The TCORS are expected to demonstrate research excellence and leadership in tobacco regulatory science that will contribute to the science base that FDA will use to develop meaningful product regulation, which will in turn reduce the toll of tobacco-related disease, disability, and death in the United States. Essential elements of the TCORS include at least three theoreticallty grounded, strong reseach projects with an integrative them; and Administrative Core and other cores as needed; the abiltiy to cunduct developmental/pilot and time-sensititve research; and a program for career development and training.

Below you will find an organizational flow chart that visually demonstrates how the USC TCORS meets the essential elements set out by the FDA.

Tobacco Regulatory Science vs. Tobacco Control

Regulatory Science is the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of (mainly) FDA-regulated products. Similarly, Tobacco Regulatory Science (TRS) is the development and application of a scientific base that will guide the FDA's efforts in the drafting and implementation of regulations on the manufacture, marketing and sale/distribution of the variety of tobacco products, with the goal of protecting public health. TRS, especially with respect to the roles and responsibility of the TCORS does not include an advocacy role. In other words, TCORS are not funded to implement tobacco control activities, but rather to provide scientific evidence to guide the FDA's decision-making process. USC TCORS' aims listed on our 'About: Overview' page identifies the ways in which direct our specific research to inform tobacoo regulation.


E-cigarette retailers use Pokémon Go to peddle their products
Posted on 1/26/2017
Post-Doctoral Training Opportunity in Tobacco Regulatory Science (Tobacco Policy Research)
Posted on 6/2/2016
E-cigarette poisonings in kids skyrocket, study finds
Posted on 5/25/2016
Dr. Samet, Director of USC TCORS featured in article by The Atlantic
Posted on 5/13/2016
Company files first lawsuit against the FDA's e-cigarette rule
Posted on 5/11/2016
Will Regulating E-Cigarettes Mean Fewer Will Quit Smoking?
Posted on 5/11/2016
New article in Pediatrics: Pediatric Exposure to E-Cigarettes, Nicotine, and Tobacco Products in the United States
Posted on 5/10/2016
California Governor Approves Bill Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco From 18 to 21
Posted on 5/5/2016
FDA to extend tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes
Posted on 5/5/2016
Here's a look at the policy challenges should the Food and Drug Administration get the authority to regulate e-cigarettes
Posted on 4/27/2016
USC TCORS members to present at the upcoming National Institutes of Health Tobacco Regulatory Science Conference
Posted on 4/27/2016
CDC Press Release: No decline in overall youth tobacco use since 2011
Posted on 4/27/2016
FDA Study Confirms Youth Reliance on Social Sources, Using Multiple Tobacco Products
Posted on 4/26/2016
4 Takeaways from Zeller's NATO Show Session
Posted on 4/26/2016
Seven tobacco control experts urged government regulators to avoid heavy-handed condemnation of e-cigarette use in a study published online today in the journal Addiction
Posted on 4/26/2016
Amendments to the 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill pass Committee in a 31 to 19 vote on April 19, 2016
Posted on 4/26/2016