Richard J. O'Connor, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Contact Information

322 Carlton House
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-4517
Fax: 716-845-1265

Research Interests: interaction between tobacco products and consumers, from how cigarettes are designed and how those designs affect smokers' perceptions and use of the product, to how best to inform policymakers crafting tobacco product regulations

Selected Publications

  • O'Connor RJ, Hammond D, McNeill A, King B, Kozlowski LT, Giovino GA, Cummings KM (in press).  How do different cigarette design features influence standard tar yields of popular cigarette brands sold in different countries?  Tobacco Control.
  • O'Connor RJ, McNeill A, Borland R, Hammond D, King B, Boudreau C, & Cummings KM (in press).  Smokers' beliefs about relative safety of other tobacco products: Findings from the ITC Collaboration.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
  • Shahab L, Hammond D, O'Connor RJ, Cummings KM, Borland R, King B, & McNeill A (in press).  The reliability and validity of self-reported puffing behaviour: evidence from a cross-national study.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
  • O'Connor RJ, Bauer JE, Giovino GA, Hammond D, Hyland A, Fong GT, & Cummings KM (2007).  Prevalence of behaviours related to cigarette fires:  A random-digit-dialed telephone survey of Ontario smokers.   Injury Prevention, 13, 237-42.
  • O'Connor RJ, Kozlowski LT, Hammond D, Vance TT, Stitt JP, & Cummings KM (2007).  Digital image analysis of cigarette filter staining for estimating smoke exposure.   Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 9, 865-71.
  • O'Connor RJ, Ashare RL, Cummings KM, & Hawk LW (2007).  Comparing smoking behaviors and exposures from flavored and unflavored cigarettes.   Addictive Behaviors, 32, 869-74.
  • Strasser AA, O'Connor RJ, Mooney ME, & Wileyto EP (2006).  Digital image analysis of cigarette filter stains as an indicator of compensatory smoking.   Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 15, 2565-69.
  • O'Connor RJ, Cummings KM, Giovino G, McNeill A, & Kozlowski LT (2006).  How did UK cigarette manufacturers reduce ‘Tar' to 10mg or less? [Letter]  BMJ, 332(7536), 302.
  • O'Connor RJ,  Giovino G, Fix B, Hyland A, Hammond D, Fong GT, Bauer U & Cummings KM (2006).   Smokers' reactions to reduced ignition propensity cigarettes.  Tobacco Control, 15(1), 45-49.
  • O'Connor RJ, Hyland A,  Giovino GA, Fong GT, & Cummings KM (2005).  Smoker awareness of and beliefs about supposedly less harmful tobacco products.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29(2), 85-90.
  • O'Connor RJ, Stitt JP, & Kozlowski LT (2005).  A digital image analysis system for identifying filter vent blocking on Ultra-Light cigarettes.  Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, 14(2), 533-37.
  • O'Connor RJ, Flaherty BF, Quinio Edwards B, & Kozlowski LT (2003).  Regular smokeless tobacco use is not a reliable predictor of smoking onset when psychosocial predictors are included in the model.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 5(4), 555-63.
  • Kozlowski LT & O'Connor RJ. (2002).  Filter ventilation is a defective design because of lighter taste, bigger puffs, and blocked vents.  Tobacco Control, 11(Suppl 1), i40-i50.
  • Kozlowski LT & O'Connor RJ. (2000).  Official cigarette tar tests are misleading: use a two-stage, compensating test.  The Lancet, 355, 2169-71.