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Xue to receive funding for project aimed at youth tobacco use prevention

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Hong Xue, Associate Professor, Health Administration and Policy, received funding for the project: “Innovating and Implementing Youth Tobacco Prevention in Virginia.”

Xue will leverage the forefront of technological innovation, utilizing generative artificial intelligence (AI) and state-of-the-art immersive technologies, integrating them with novel just-in-time adaptive intervention strategies, to tackle the pressing public health issue of electronic cigarette/tobacco use among the youth in Virginia.

Xue will receive $450,000 from Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for this research. Funding will begin in July 2024 and will end in late June 2027.



George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 40,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. In 2023, the university launched Mason Now: Power the Possible, a one-billion-dollar comprehensive campaign to support student success, research, innovation, community, and stewardship. Learn more at


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