Tobacco E-Book

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Our experts have published a free tobacco research and policy e-book for those interested in working to end smoking, one of the leading causes of death and disease globally.


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The Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science at Georgia State, focuses on both the human and economic factors that contribute to decision making related to tobacco products.

Tobacco Atlas

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The Tobacco Atlas aims to be the most comprehensive, informative, and accessible tool on the most important and current issues in the evolving tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco Free China

 The China Tobacco Control Partnership seeks to change social norms around tobacco use and reduce its burden in China through a grant program launched in 2009. 

Faculty Researchers

Michael Eriksen

Dr. Michael Eriksen

Dr. Eriksen is the founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, and has led the University’s public health program since 2002. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is co-author of The Tobacco Atlas, published by WHO. Dean Eriksen is the lead researcher on a $19 million grant, one of the largest in Georgia State’s history, to establish one of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS). Eriksen was senior adviser to the World Health Organization and the longest-serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health. Read more

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Dr. Shanta Dube

Dr. Dube’s main public health research focus is behavioral epidemiology, which focuses on assessing determinants of both health risk and health promoting behaviors. She is currently involved with research through GSU’s TCORS where she is applying the epidemiologic model of host, agent, vector, and environment to understand the marketing and use of electronic nicotine devices. Read more

Jidong HuangDr. Jidong Huang

Dr. Huang is associate professor of Health Management & Policy and a Second Century Initiative (2CI) scholar in the School’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). His research focuses on the economic analysis of substance use and abuse. Dr. Huang comes to Georgia State from the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Health Research and Policy’s Health Policy Center and Health Media Collaboratory. Read more


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Dr. Terry Pechacek

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 200 scientific papers and book chapters and regularly provides expert testimony across the U.S 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. Read more

Lucy Popova cropDr. Lucy Popova

Dr. Popova is an assistant professor of Health Promotion & Behavior and a 2CI scholar. She is also a TCORS researcher focused on studying how consumers perceive the risks associated with different tobacco products. She previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Read more


Dr. Claire SpearsDr. Claire Adams Spears

Dr. Spears, assistant professor of Health Promotion & Behavior, focuses her research on informing, developing, and evaluating innovative interventions to improve coping with stress, reduce health risk behaviors, and enhance quality of life in underserved populations. She comes to Georgia State from The Catholic University of America, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Mindful Living Lab. Read more


Kymberle_SterlingDr. Kymberle Sterling

Dr. Sterling’s research interests are broadly focused in the area of health promotion and health behavior change among adolescents.  Her scholarly work utilizes behavioral science strategies to prevent and reduce cancer-related risk factors, particularly tobacco use, among adolescents. She currently teaches Introduction to Health Promotion. Read more



20110922_Scott_Weaver_008PSF_o5Dr. Scott Weaver

Dr. Weaver is one of the lead researchers for the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science. He is also the Director of Data & Research Services for the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research, Dr. Weaver provides leadership and coordination of the Center’s research core activities and provides my statistical and technological expertise to further the Center’s research, community engagement, and training efforts. Read more