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Gary A. Giovino, PhD, MS

Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

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310 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-6952
Fax: 716-829-6040

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Research Interests: 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


Dr. 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.

Professional Affiliations

Global Tobacco Surveillance Advisory Group; New York State Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Advisory Board; Editorial Board – Tobacco Control; Expert Advisor to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health; Evaluation Task Force of the California Tobacco Control Program; Reviewer for various journals (e.g., Addiction; American Journal of Epidemiology; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; American Journal of Public Health; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; Health Education Research; Nicotine & Tobacco Research; Preventive Medicine; Public Health Reports; Tobacco Control).