About the Authors

Scott R. Weaver

Roles Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

srweaver@gsu.edu

Affiliations Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

Jidong Huang

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America, Division of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

Terry F. Pechacek

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America, Division of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

John Wesley Heath

Roles Data curation, Formal analysis, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliation Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

David L. Ashley

Roles Conceptualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America, Division of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

Michael P. Eriksen

Roles Conceptualization, Funding acquisition, Writing – review & editing

Affiliations Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America, Division of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America

Competing Interests

MPE has received funding in the form of grant funding from Pfizer and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). JH has served as a paid consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Smoking and Health and has received funding in the form of grant funding from NIH. SW has received funding in the form of grant funding from NIH. Before his retirement in June 2017, DLA was employed as Director of the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products, Office of Science. Before his retirement in 2014, TFP was employed as Deputy Director of the Translation of the CDC, Office on Smoking and Health. This does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.