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Associate Scientist

Kevin Welding, PhD, MA, is an economist studying corporate influence on public health. His work has supported fiscal and health policy change around the world.

Contact Info

2213 McElderry Street, 4th Floor

Research Interests

Quantitative research; Economics; Illicit trade; Public Policy; Marketing

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Muhlenberg College

Kevin Welding (he/him) is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society and the Associate Director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control.

He received his PhD in Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Welding's research broadly focuses on the surveillance and compliance of governments and corporations to international treaties and country-specific policies, respectively. His research includes investigations into the tobacco industry's use of tobacco packaging for marketing purposes, the strategic pricing of illicit and legal products, and the estimation of the size of illicit markets. Recently, Dr. Welding has evaluated how the emerging market of e-cigarettes has influenced consumer behavior and industry actions.

Select Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Szklo, A., Iglesias, R., Stoklosa, M., Figueiredo, V., Welding, K., de Souza Junior, P.R., Nascimento, H., Drope, J. Cross-validation of Four Different Survey Methods Used to Estimate Illicit Cigarette Consumption in Brazil. Forthcoming in Tobacco Control.

  • Saenz d Miera Juarez, B., Reynales-Shigematsu, L.M., Stoklosa, M., Welding, K., Drope, J. (2019). Illicit Cigarette Use in Mexico: Comparing Estimates from Survey of Smokers and Littered Pack Collection. Tobacco Control. [Epub ahead of print]; doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055449

  • Welding, K., Kennedy, R.D., Moran, M.B., Cohen, J.E., Smith, K.C. (2019). Natural, Organic, Additive-free and Pure on Cigarette Packs in 14 Countries. Tobacco Regulatory Science. 5(4):352-359. doi: 10.18001/TRS.5.4.5

  • Brown, J., Welding, K., Cohen, J.E., Cherukupalli, R., Washington, C., Ferguson, J., Smith, K.C. (2017). An Analysis of Purchase Price of Legal and Illicit Cigarettes in the Retail Environments of 14 Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Addiction. 112(10):1854-1860. doi:10.1111/add.13881

  • Welding, K., De Leon, E., Cha, S., Johnson, M., Cohen, J E., Graham, A.L. (2017). Weekly Enrollment and Usage Patterns in an Internet Smoking Cessation Intervention. Internet Intervention, 9, 100-105. doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2017.07.004

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use
Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS)