Young adults who identify as Republicans more often ignore COVID-19 safety precautions

From infrequently social distancing to visiting more indoor venues, a new USC study finds that young Republicans are more likely than their peers to disregard public health recommendations. Young Californians who identify as Republicans are less likely to follow social distancing guidelines that prevent COVID-19 transmission than those who identify as Democrats or independents, according […]

When addiction and COVID-19 collide

The coronavirus outbreak could worsen America’s substance use crisis. USC addiction expert Adam Leventhal explains why it matters to all of us. (Originally posted at Trojan Family Magazine.) By Eric Lindberg Odds are about 50-50 that you know someone who’s been addicted to drugs, at least if you’re in the U.S. And now may be a particularly tough […]

To prevent cancer, USC researchers look beyond traditional risk factors

Big data studies in diverse populations will offer new insights into cancer risk and help USC investigators target outreach, screening and prevention efforts. Why me? It’s a question doctors hear all the time when they diagnose people with cancer. If only the answer were simple. “Cancer — which is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in […]

Nearly half of teens who vape say they want to quit

A new USC study finds an urgent need for vaping cessation programs similar to those aimed at kids who smoke cigarettes. Behind the headlines about skyrocketing rates of vaping among teens is another troubling story: young vapers who want to quit but can’t. A national survey of 14,798 young people, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found […]

Watch ‘The Intersection of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Addiction’

On Thursday at 1 p.m., join Adam Leventhal, PhD, Director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science, and Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD, Senior Fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center, for a discussion, “The Intersection of Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Addiction.” Their guest will be the 16th Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD. […]

Adam Leventhal appointed to FDA committee on tobacco products

Adam Leventhal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and psychology and director of the USC Institute for Addiction Science and Health, Emotion & Addiction Laboratory (HEAL), has been appointed to the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. Leventhal’s term began May 15 and continues through Jan. 31, 2024. According to the FDA, the committee advises the commissioner on tobacco-regulation […]

USC study implicates flavored e-cigs in teen vaping epidemic

Researchers found that 64% of teens using flavored e-cigs were still vaping six months later, compared to 43% who used more traditional flavors. A new study has found that teens who vape candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with the habit and vape more heavily, implicating flavors in the teen vaping epidemic. […]

USC scientist honored for research into cancer-causing behaviors

Adam Leventhal, PhD, professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, received the American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Determination Award Oct. 18 in Beverly Hills for his novel research of the causes, consequences, treatment and prevention of tobacco use and other cancer-causing behaviors.

Nationally recognized USC researcher to lead smoking cessation initiative

Adam Leventhal, PhD, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, will lead a grant-funded effort to maximize smoking cessation resources at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Leventhal has been awarded more than $8 million in grants as principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. In January, […]