Gary A. Giovino


Gary A. Giovino


Research Topics

Population research on patterns, determinants and control of tobacco use in adolescents and adults, using state, national and international surveys; 'hardening' of the population and 'hard-core' smoking; tobacco harm reduction; suboptimal nutrition as a risk factor for the development and maintenance of nicotine addiction; adverse childhood experiences and nicotine dependence and smoking cessation.

Contact Information

310 Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6952

Fax: (716) 829-6040


Gary A. Giovino's work has focused on surveillance of tobacco use and dependence among youth and adults in the United States.  He more recently has facilitated the development of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System, with particular focus on the Global Adult Tobacco Survey and more recently on the Global Youth Tobacco Survey. In addition to his surveillance work, he is developing community-based projects on the use of lifestyle factors such as exercise and nutrition to facilitate smoking cessation. Giovino has received multiple national awards for his work.


  • PhD, Experimental Pathology - Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1987)
  • MS, Natural Sciences - Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1979)
  • BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, Indiana (1974)

Professional Affiliations

  • Global Tobacco Surveillance Advisory Group
  • New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Advisory Board
  • Tobacco Control Editorial Board
  • National Survey on Drug Use and Health Expert Advisor
  • California Tobacco Control Program Evaluation Task Force

Journal Reviewer

  • Addiction
  • American Journal of Epidemiology
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Biomarkers and Prevention
  • Health Education Research
  • JAMA
  • Lancet
  • Nicotine & Tobacco Research
  • Population Health Metrics
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health Reports
  • Tobacco Control