University at Buffalo Tobacco Cessation Initiatives

Published May 28, 2015

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), in conjunction with colleagues at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, conducts numerous studies and projects in tobacco cessation and tobacco control.  SPHHP adjunct professor Andrew Hyland, PhD, directs the Roswell Park Cessation Services Program, which offers a suite of evidence-based cessation services, including publicly funded local and state programs and services for health plans, employer groups, and health care providers. Roswell Park provides cessation services to tens of thousands of tobacco users each year, via telephonic coaching services (e.g., the New York State Smokers’ Quitline), web-based coaching services, cessation messaging services, medication fulfillment services, continuing medical education, and related resources. Data from those who receive services from RPCI Cessation Services contracts have served as the basis for seven NIH grants since 2008.

In addition to his work directing cessation services, Hyland serves as the scientific director for the Population Approach to Tobacco and Health Study, the largest cohort study of tobacco initiation and cessation ever conducted by the U.S. government. Other SPHHP Adjunct faculty conduct research at Roswell Park on tobacco products (Richard O’Connor, PhD) and electronic nicotine delivery systems (Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD). Maansi Bansal-Travers, PhD, conducts research on smokers’ perceptions of tobacco packages, including the warning labels. Mark Travers, PhD, works internationally to assess the quality of indoor air before and after smoking bans. He also studies several aspects of hookah use (some with PhD student Jessica Kulak). Hyland, O’Connor and Gary Giovino, PhD, are active researchers in the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project. Martin Mahoney, MD, PhD, and Larry Hawk, PhD, conduct trials of pharmaceutical aides.

SPHHP professor Lynn Kozlowski, PhD, researches patterns of use of e-cigarettes, trends in non-daily cigarette use, and measures of non-daily cigarette use (with PhD student Ms. Megan Saddleson), and policy issues and ethical considerations regarding tobacco harm reduction. He has also provided health education on tobacco issues directly to the public by means of commentaries on the Huffington Post and The Conversation. Giovino studies the epidemiology of tobacco use and dependence, including international work on the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. He also has interest in the influence of adverse childhood experiences on tobacco dependence and cessation and is currently investigating whether suboptimal nutrition is an independent risk factor for nicotine addiction.