Research Summary

Dr. Yao's research focuses on the economic impact of tobacco products and marijuana. Her current studies include estimating the impact of price on the demand for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana. Her previous research include estimating the impact of price on the demand for cigarettes and the economic costs of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in U.S. and China.

Research Funding

  • September 2, 2019 - September 1, 2022 - The impact of price on the demand for marijuana and cigarettes, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Sponsor Award ID: T30IR0897
  • August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2019 - The impact of price on the demand for electronic cigarettes, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Sponsor Award ID: 26IR-0008
  • January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 - Own-price and cross-price elasticity of demand for tobacco products in the U.S., Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/FDA, Sponsor Award ID:
  • September 2, 2019 - September 1, 2022 - The impact of price on the demand for marijuana and cigarettes, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), Sponsor Award ID: T30IR0897

Education

  • Sichuan University, China, B.A., 06/2003, Public Health
  • Sichuan University, China, Ph.D., 06/2009, Health Economics
  • University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, 01/2014, Economics of Smoking

Honors & Awards

  • 2010
    National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • 2012
    Dorothy Rice Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSF Institute For Health & Aging
  • 2013
    Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award Supplement, Tobacco-related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)
  • 2019
    Nominated for John Ziegler Mentor Award, UCSF Master of Science in Global Health Program
  • 2020
    Nominated for John Ziegler Mentor Award, UCSF Master of Science in Global Health Program

Selected Publications

  1. Wang Y, Max W, Yao T, Keeler C, Sung HY Differential price-responsiveness of smoking behaviors among non-Hispanic African Americans and non-Hispanic whites in the United States.  View on PubMed
  2. Huang S, Wei H, Yao T, Mao Z, Sun Q, Yang L The impact of smoking on annual healthcare cost: an econometric model analysis in China, 2015.  View on PubMed
  3. Wang Y, Watkins SL, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W Health Care Utilization of Menthol and Non-menthol Cigarette Smokers.  View on PubMed
  4. Yao T, Sung HY, Huang J, Chu L, St Helen G, Max W The impact of e-cigarette and cigarette prices on e-cigarette and cigarette sales in California.  View on PubMed
  5. Wei H, Zhong Z, Yang L, Yao T, Huang S, Mao Z Impact of smoking on the income level of Chinese urban residents: a two-wave follow-up of the China Family Panel Study.  View on PubMed
  6. Zhong Z, Wei H, Yang L, Yao T, Mao Z, Sun Q Catastrophic health expenditure: A comparative analysis of smoking and non-smoking households in China.  View on PubMed
  7. Keeler C, Max W, Yerger VB, Yao T, Wang Y, Ong MK, Sung HY Effects of Cigarette Prices on Intention to Quit, Quit Attempts, and Successful Cessation Among African American Smokers.  View on PubMed
  8. Keeler C, Max W, Yao T, Wang Y, Zhang X, Sung HY Smoking Behavior in Low- and High-Income Adults Immediately Following California Proposition 56 Tobacco Tax Increase.  View on PubMed
  9. Yao T, Sung HY, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Max W Healthcare Costs of Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Home for U.S. Children.  View on PubMed
  10. Max WB, Sung HY, Lightwood J, Wang Y, Yao T Modelling the impact of a new tobacco product: review of Philip Morris International's Population Health Impact Model as applied to the IQOS heated tobacco product.  View on PubMed
  11. Wang Y, Sung HY, Lightwood J, Chaffee BW, Yao T, Max W Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Attributable to Smokeless Tobacco Use Among US Adults.  View on PubMed
  12. Sung HY, Wang Y, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W Polytobacco Use and Nicotine Dependence Symptoms Among US Adults, 2012-2014.  View on PubMed
  13. Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W Infrequent and Frequent Nondaily Smokers and Daily Smokers: Their Characteristics and Other Tobacco Use Patterns.  View on PubMed
  14. Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Attributable to Cigar Smoking Among US Adults, 2000-2015.  View on PubMed
  15. Tingting Yao, Hai-Yen Sung, Yingning Wang, James Lightwood, Wendy Max Healthcare costs attributable to secondhand smoke exposure at home for U.S. adults.  View on PubMed
  16. Yao T, Sung HY, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Max W Healthcare costs attributable to secondhand smoke exposure at home for U.S. adults.  View on PubMed
  17. Yao T, Max W, Sung HY, Glantz SA, Goldberg RL, Wang JB, Wang Y, Lightwood J, Cataldo J Relationship between spending on electronic cigarettes, 30-day use, and disease symptoms among current adult cigarette smokers in the U.S.  View on PubMed
  18. Keeler C, Max W, Yerger V, Yao T, Ong MK, Sung HY The Association of Menthol Cigarette Use With Quit Attempts, Successful Cessation, and Intention to Quit Across Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States.  View on PubMed
  19. Yao T, Ong MK, Max W, Keeler C, Wang Y, Yerger VB, Sung HY Responsiveness to cigarette prices by different racial/ethnic groups of US adults.  View on PubMed
  20. Wang Y, Sung HY, Yao T, Lightwood J, Max W Factors associated with short-term transitions of non-daily smokers: socio-demographic characteristics and other tobacco product use.  View on PubMed

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