Dr. Chris Coggins is a Board-Certified
Toxicologist, a qualification he has held since 1986, and a U.K. Registered Toxicologist. He is a Principal
in Carson Watts Consulting, with special expertise in inhalation
toxicology, general toxicology, toxicological pathology, and epidemiology.
He is a member of the Institutional Review Board of Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Prior to becoming a consultant in 2003, Dr. Coggins worked in various
sectors of the tobacco industry. He was with Lorillard Tobacco in
Greensboro NC, for 6 years, and with R.J. Reynolds in Winston-Salem
NC, for 12 years. Prior to that Dr. Coggins worked at the Battelle-Geneva
laboratory in Switzerland, for 10 years. Dr. Coggins obtained his
Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1976 and obtained
his bachelor's degree from the University of Glasgow in 1972.
He has published extensively on the
toxicology of tobacco smoke.
Assessment of Cigarette Smoking in Epidemiologic Studies
aWeitkunat R, bCoggins CRE, aSponsiello-Wang Z, cKallischnigg G, aDempsey R
aPMI Research & Development, Philip Morris Products SA, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
bCarson Watts Consulting, 1266 Carson Watts Road, King, NC, USA
cARGUS - Statistics and Information Systems in Environment and Public Health, Einemstr. 20a, 10785 Berlin, Germany
The assessment of cumulative exposure based on collecting information on the history of active cigarette smoking has been and is being undertaken in a variety of ways. While a very detailed assessment may be required for studies with a focus on particular aspects of smoking behavior and history, comparability of measurements and results across studies remains a primary concern. Addressing the problem of heterogeneity of exposure assessment across studies can be achieved by a core set of questions that cover the major dimensions of cigarette smoking, and yet comply with current criteria used for defining smoking history and status. In studies where no very high level of exposure assessment is required or where smoking is not the major subject of investigation, a practical standardized core set of questions appears to be of considerable value, in particular
with regard to making results more comparable across studies.
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