Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Vardavas’ research is focused on the development, implementation and assessment of tobacco control initiatives (smoke-free areas, graphic warning labels, mass media and educational campaigns). He is also actively engaged in research on the acute and chronic health effects of tobacco use, MRTP use (e-cigarettes, snus) and exposure to secondhand smoke, with a special focus on vulnerable populations such as children, adolescents, pregnant women and adults with comorbidities.
Dr. Vardavas was the co-PI of the FETAL project funded by FAMRI & Co-Investigator and Scientific Director of the HEART project (Hellenic Action for Research against Tobacco) funded by the George Behrakis Foundation, a project aimed to apply gold standard tobacco control measures within the Hellenic region. The main conclusions of the HEART study are available in the Monograph, “The Greek Tobacco Epidemic” (downloadable here)
Very active in European tobacco regulatory science, he was awarded in 2014, the “Best Young Professional Award for outstanding research and contribution to tobacco control at a European level”, within the 11th ECTOH in Istanbul.
He has participated actively in a number of European FP6 and FP7 projects, and is the Scientific Director of the EUREST project (European Regulatory Science on Tobacco), a tender to “EAHC/2013/Health/23, 28″, designed to provide the EU with the scientific and technical infrastructure needed to address issues of tobacco product constituents, as well as their effects on toxicity, perceptions and patterns of use and dependence.
He is also current co Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Tobacco Induced Diseases (www.tobaccoinduceddiseases.com), one of the three ISI indexed tobacco specific journals.