Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG

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SIG Description
The Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG was formed to create community of healthcare providers and researchers dedicated to eliminating the dangerous consequences of tobacco use, - including electronic cigarettes and other emerging products - secondhand smoke in children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal of the SIG is to provide a dynamic environment for members to share knowledge and expertise about improving tobacco prevention, cessation, and elimination of exposure. The SIG will also assist physicians and other healthcare professionals to stay up to date on research and program developments in tobacco control, prevention and treatment. We encourage medical students, residents, fellows and providers from all specialties to join the SIG.

SIG purpose/mission:
The primary mission of the Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG is to provide a dynamic environment for members to share knowledge and expertise to eliminate pediatric tobacco use and tobacco smoke exposure.  

Current SIG goals:
1. The Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG will foster networking and mentorship opportunities, research collaboration, and advocacy training among healthcare providers and researchers committed to ending the tobacco epidemic in children and their families.  
2. The Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG will provide educational opportunities on research and program developments in tobacco

Annual Report

Jyothi Marbin, MD, FAAP
Susan Walley, MD, CTTS, FAAP

Jyothi and I were excited to welcome so many people to the 2017 PAS Pediatric Tobacco Issues Special Issues Group (SIG) Session in San Francisco. We want to thank our speakers as we had an amazing lineup and are grateful they have all given permission to have copies of their slides on the APA website. 

Robert Mcmillan, PhD presented "Using Databases in Tobacco Research" which was a fantastic review of the various databases that have tobacco related data which include:

1) Survey data

  • Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control
  • Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • Adult Tobacco Survey
  • The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)
  • Youth Tobacco Survey
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey

2) Administrative Records

  • Per Capita Sales
  • Sales Tax Revenue
  • Hospital Admission Data
  • Medicaid Expenditures
  • Gaming Revenue and Employment Data
  • State Funding for Tobacco Control
  • Legislation Tracking

3) Social media including Twitter and YouTube

Philip Gardiner, Dr. P.H. presented "What's Menthol Got To Do With It? Everything!" and reviewed the overwhelming evidence of systemic predatory marking to the African American community by tobacco companies, particularly as related to menthol cigarettes. Despite smoking fewer cigarettes and smoking later in life, health outcomes for smoking-related diseases are markedly worse in the African American community. Dr. Gardiner has been a tireless advocate and recommended enacting local laws to restrict the sale of menthol. If menthol were banned, 100,000s of lives would be saved.

Stan Glantz, PhD spoke on "Smoke Free Movies" and gave the history of how tobacco companies used cross-promotion and product placement to promote smoking in movies. He presented compelling data that smoking in movies promotes teen smoking and the importance of changing the rating system so movies that show smoking will automatically receive an R rating. This would be estimated to save 1 million lives. Dr. Glantz has spent his career using data to advocate for restrictions on media depictions of smoking. For more information, see

Lastly, the APA Tobacco Issues SIG is fortunate to have a strong partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence and the AAP Section of Tobacco Control. We were thus pleased to have Julie Gorzkowski, MSW, Director of Tobacco Control speak on the AAP's strategic priorities and efforts.

SIG members brainstormed ideas for next year and there was a strong sense that we should recruit more trainees to the session. Topics and ideas for next year's session Tobacco Issues SIG session included:

  • Non-cigarette tobacco products that target youth (cigars and cigarillos) 
  • Hookah
  • Greater medical student, resident and fellow involvement
    1. Have resident focused presentations on research and advocacy efforts
    2. Recruit through the APPD or AAP Section of Tobacco Control
    3. Consider competition with award
  • History of the Tobacco Industry  
  • Thirdhand smoke
  • Legal issues around e-cig regulation and regulation issues

Please join us in Toronto in 2018 at PAS for what will be an exciting Pediatric Tobacco Issues Special Interest Group session!

Your co-chairs,
Jyothi Marbin, MD, FAAP at
Susan Walley, MD, CTTS, FAPP at

Other groups:
Advocacy training
Environmental Health
LGBTQ Health and Well-Being
Pediatric Residents

Using Databases In Tobacco Research

What's Menthol Got To Do With It? Everything!

Smoke Free Movies

Updates from the AAP Richmond Center and Section on Tobacco Control

February 2018 Newsletter

The Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG has an exciting session planned for our annual meeting on May 7th, 8:30 - 11:30am in Toronto! We are hoping to engage in a robust and exciting discussion with our SIG members on the latest research related to tobacco. This year, we are featuring residents as presenters as well.

We hope you will be able to join us! Our agenda is below:



Nancy Graff, MD
Jyothi Marbin, MD
Susan Walley MD

Co-Chairs, Pediatric Tobacco SIG

Welcome & Networking

Jonathan Klein MD MPH
Professor and Senior Associate Head (Chair), Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago

The History of Tobacco

Deepa Campenga MD MHS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale University

Emerging Tobacco Products

Michael Chaiton PhD
Scientist at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Impact of policy on smoking cessation

Resident Presentations

Original Research

Susan Walley MD
Jyothi Marbin, MD
Nancy Graff, MD

Brainstorming for next year’s agenda
Co-chair elections

Current SIG Chair:

Nancy Graff, MD
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0927
Phone: (858) 496-4800

Current SIG Mentor:

Karen Wilson, MD, MPH
1 Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 241-6500




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