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University at Buffalo: Faculty Member Named SUNY Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gary Giovino has been named State University of New York Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system.

According to SUNY, “this distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidate’s work must be of such character that the individual’s presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.”

Dr. Giovino, professor of community health and health behavior and associate dean for faculty affairs in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, is an internationally renowned authority on tobacco use and nicotine.

His work focuses on tobacco use and dependence among youth and adults in the U.S. He facilitated development 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. He also led a major tobacco use study that surveyed more than 435,000 respondents that revealed an urgent need for policy change in low-and-middle-income nations.

Other research interests include the influence of adverse childhood experiences and suboptimal nutrition on tobacco use, as well as the use of lifestyle factors, to facilitate smoking cessation.

In 2015, Giovino was appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. He previously worked at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving as chief of the epidemiology branch. He also served for 15 years on the New York State (NYS) Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Advisory Board, helping to guide policy in New York.

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