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Terry Pechacek


Fellow, 1977-1980, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Preventive Cardiology
Ph.D., 1977, University of Texas at Austin, Counseling/Clinical Psychology
M.A., 1973, University of Texas at Austin, Counseling Psychology
B.A., 1970, University of Texas at Austin, Mathematics


Health Policy, Global Health, Community Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control


As Professor in the Division of Health Management & Policy, Dr. Pechacek provides leadership in teaching, research and service to the School of Public Health. He also is a Senior Investigator in the Georgia State University’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.

Before coming to Georgia State University, Dr. Pechacek served as deputy director for research translation at the CDC′s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) since 2012. Dr. Pechacek came to CDC as a visiting scientist and senior biomedical research scientist in 1995. In 1999, he was appointed the associate director for science for OSH. He is the senior author of the 1999 Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs and the 2007 Update, and has also been involved in the preparation of Surgeon General Reports on Smoking and Health since 1979. Dr. Pechacek was the senior associate scientific editor and contributing author of “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress” released in January 2014.

Dr. Pechacek earned his Ph.D. in counseling/clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. He completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in preventive cardiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. After his fellowship, Dr. Pechacek remained at Minnesota as an assistant and then associate professor and developed population-based interventions for the Minnesota Heart Health Program. In 1986, Dr. Pechacek joined the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C., leading the Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation (COMMIT) and the early development of the American Stop Smoking Intervention Trial (ASSIST). He also served as acting chief of the Smoking Tobacco and Cancer Branch. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Pechacek was an associate professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo Medical School, Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. Pechacek has been involved in tobacco prevention and control research and public health activities since the 1970′s. He is the author of more than 250 scientific papers, major government reports, and book chapters and regularly provides expert testimony across the United States on the efficacy of public health strategies to prevent smoking and tobacco-related diseases. In 2006, Dr. Pechacek was awarded the Surgeon General′s Medallion in recognition of his work to support the Office of the Surgeon General in communicating the risk of tobacco use. In 2009, Dr. Pechacek received the Jeffery P. Koplan Award from National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for Outstanding Scientific Contribution.

Dr. Pechacek also conducts tobacco related research in China and goes by Wŭ Tiān Rùi.


Marynak K, Xu X, Wang X, Holmes CB, Tynan M, Pechacek TF. Estimating the impact of raising prices and eliminating discounts on cigarette smoking prevalence in the United States. Public Health Reports, 2016, in press.

Nayak P, Pechacek TF, Weaver SR, Eriksen MP. Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Dual Use and Intention to Quit Smoking: Will the Socio-economic Gap in Smoking Get Greater? Addictive Behaviors, 2016;61:112-6. PMID: 27268063.

Pechacek TF, Nayak P, Gregory K, Weaver S, Eriksen M. The potential that electronic nicotine delivery systems can be disruptive technology: results from a national survey. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2016 May 3. PMID: 27142201. DOI 10.1093/ntr/ntw012.

Wagener TL, Meier E, Tackett AP, Matheny JD, Pechacek TF. A proposed collaboration against Big Tobacco: common ground between the vaping and public health community in the United States. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2016;18(5):730-6.

Weaver SR, Majeed BA, Pechacek TF, Nyman AL, Gregory KR, Eriksen MP. Use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and other tobacco products among USA adults, 2014: results from a national survey. International Journal of Public Health, 2016;61(2):177-88., DOI 10.1007/s00038-015-0761-0

Maciosek MV, Xu X, Butani AL, Pechacek TF. Smoking-attributable medical expenditures by age, sex and smoking status using a relative risk approach. Preventive Medicine, 2015;77:162-7.

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