FAMRI Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke

The national Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) supports the multi-project FAMRI Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Secondhand Smoke at UCSF.  FAMRI was created through a settlement of a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies on behalf of flight attendants who sustained health problems due to exposure to secondhand smoke in their job. 

The center is directed by Dr. Rita Redberg and co-directed by Dr. Neal Benowitz.  It consists of a flight attendant clinic, a core laboratory and a research project on children's biomarkers. Please see our publications page for recent publications from our investigators. 

The goals of the FAMRI Bland Lane Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke at UCSF are to:

  • Provide evaluations and referrals for current and former nonsmoking flight attendants that were exposed to tobacco smoke on airlines to determine effects of SHS exposure and other work related exposures through a dedicated clinical practice.
  • Collect online survey data on flight attendants worldwide on health status and SHS exposure to look for any associations, new and/or confirmatory.
  • Study the impact of SHS with respect to pulmonary function in current and former nonsmoking flight attendants who were exposed to tobacco smoke on airlines and attend the FAMRI clinic.
  • Assess SHS exposure and related adverse health outcomes in populations of vulnerable children, including newborns, children with asthma, and teens, with an emphasis on racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Provide laboratory analysis of existing biomarkers, particularly low level SHS exposure markers.
  • Continue to develop and evaluate novel biomarkers of SHS exposure.



Study Participants Needed

The Center of Excellence on Second Hand Smoke at UCSF is conducting an online secondhand smoke registry for flight attendants. If you are a flight attendant, over the age of 40 with a minimum of 5 years flight experience,  please click here and fill out this questionnaire on your health and (if any) secondhand smoke exposure history, so that we can learn more about the effects of secondhand smoke exposure on your health.

Inquiries for the center may be directed to the FAMRI Clinical Staff:
FAMRI@ucsf.edu or (415) 412-0872
Our current investigators and the general area of their research are as follows:
Cardiovascular Research
Rita Redberg, MD, MSc
Eveline Stock, MD
Nisha Parikh, MD, MPH
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
Janet Wei, MD                                                                        
Exposure Assessment Research                                                                     
Neal L. Benowitz, MD                                                                                             
Peyton Jacob, PhD