A West Virginia University Ph.D. student has been awarded a grant to study the effects of smoking cigarettes on the social capital of young adults.

Traci Jarrett, who is enrolled in WVU's Public Health Sciences Program, received the $60,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Jarrett said she has worked with experts on the subject to develop a survey to gauge the social capital of young adults and how it is affected by smoking.

"Most surveys out there either target parents or children, but not young adults," she said.