Special Populations

Case studies, surveys and research showing how the tobacco industry markets their product to specfic groups.
  • Offering a fecal occult blood test in conjunction with flu vaccination has proved successful in raising the rate of screening in various types of clinics, including a public health center in Chinatown, San Francisco. Further adaptations are being evaluated. The concepts and strategies tested in this project might be applicable to other health interventions, such as smoking cessation. In such cases, visits for vaccinations or other periodic clinical care services could offer opportunities for clinicians to address neglected problems.

    Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Tobacco dependence continues to be the single most preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Persons entering drug abuse treatment smoke at 3-4 times the rate, and staff in publicly funded programs smoke at twice the rate, of the general population. Although the burden of illness and associated economic costs of nicotine addiction are elevated in the drug treatment population, treatment programs rarely address comorbid nicotine addiction.

    Professor in Residence
  • This is a telephone survey funded by the California Tobacco Control Section to evaluate current smoking-related behaviors among Vietnamese Americans in California.  

    Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • Individuals with mental illness or addictive disorders account for a staggering 44% to 46% of the US tobacco market. The overall goal of this research is to identify efficacious strategies for treating tobacco dependence among adult smokers hospitalized with severe mental illness.

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford Univ
  • The objective of this study is to examine smoking behavior and estimate the economic burden of smoking among California adults with mental disorders.  The proposal seeks to determine: (1) smoking prevalence rates and cigarette consumption per smoker among mentally ill adults, (2) healthcare costs of smoking among mentally ill adults, and (3) value of lost productivity from smoking-related diseases among mentally ill adults.  

    Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
  • The goal of this study was to examine the associations between the rate of nicotine metabolism and cigarette consumption, addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

  • This descriptive study consists of focus groups and survey development to explore among African American smokers perceived obstacles in the use of nicotine replacement therapy and to identify any uses of alternative medicines as aids to help them quit smoking.

    Associate Professor
  • In partnership with one of the largest permanent supportive housing programs for homeless and low-income adults with special needs in San Diego County, we will conduct a pre- and post-policy evaluation a smoke-free policy that includes restrictions on smoking in indoor and shared outdoor areas. The study will examine tobacco use behaviors, exposure to secondhand smoke, knowledge of, adherence to, and attitudes toward the smoke-free policy among the clientele of 4 permanent supportive housing programs.

    Assistant Professor in Residence
  • Secondhand Smoke Exposure Reduction in hospitalized children: This project is being done in conjunction with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco. We are seeking to create a multidisciplinary, systematic approach to screening for and reducing secondhand smoke exposure in hospitalized children. We are helping to develop universal screening for SHSE in all admitted children, and then working with physicians, respiratory therapists, pharmacy and nurses to provide appropriate counseling and medication to caregivers.

    Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics