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Gary A. Giovino

Professor and Chair of Community Health and Health Behavior
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Tobacco use, risk factors for nicotine addiction, smoking cessation, effect of exercise and nutrition on smoking cessation

Gary A. Giovino is an internationally renowned authority on tobacco and nicotine. He led the world’s largest tobacco use study (2012), which surveyed more than 435,000 respondents representing 3 billion people from 16 countries and revealed an urgent need for policy change in low- and middle-income nations.

Giovino has been interviewed by the media on diverse issues related to tobacco and nicotine use, with his research and commentary featured in outlets that include The New York Times, NPR, TIME, CNN and PBS NewsHour, among others.

His current research interests include the influence of adverse childhood experiences on tobacco use, nicotine dependence and cessation, as well as the relationship between suboptimal nutrition and tobacco use, dependence and cessation.

Giovino facilitated the development of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey questionnaire and the first major update of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey questionnaire. Both are part of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System, a major public health effort whose partners include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Giovino previously worked at the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC, serving as chief of the epidemiology branch.

CONTACT:

Gary A. Giovino, PhD
Professor and Chair of Community Health and Health Behavior
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions

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