Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG

Dean and I look forward to seeing many of you in Baltimore in April. We have some great presenters coming and hope that you will join us. Remember to bring a friend!  We would also like people to think about a possible name change. We know that folks sometimes don't find us since we are listed as "Pediatric Tobacco Issues." We would like folks to consider what name would be easy to find and best describe us.  Tentative agenda:  1. Welcome: Nancy Graff, MD and Dean Sidelinger, MD  2. “Update on Emerging products” Jessica Rath PhD, MPH or Beth Hair PhD, MA, Truth Initiative  3. “Emerging tobacco delivery systems and marketing to youth: what are the social media data telling us?” Roy Ahn MPH, ScD or Sherry Emery (Tentative), NORC Univ of Chicago  4. “National Tobacco Policy Updates” Julie Gorzkowski, MSW, LSW Julius B Richmond Center of Excellence, AAP  5. Trainee presentations  6. Discussion about possible name change and brainstorming for next year

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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

APA Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG
Newsletter Submission
July 24, 2018

Jyothi and I were excited to welcome so many people to the 2018 PAS Pediatric Tobacco Issues Special Issues Group (SIG) Session in Toronto, Canada. We had an amazing session with stimulating discussion and educational content. We want to thank our speakers Drs. Klein, Camenga and Chaiton as well as the awardees of the inaugural APA Pediatric Tobacco Issues Special Interest Group Trainee Research Award.

We started the Session with a networking activity and found that two people in the group had both been attached by emus. That is not a typo... emus!

Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, led off the session with a fascinating presentation on the History of Tobacco. While smoking rates have gone down, the tobacco company continues to use the same deceptive tactics to sell their products.

Dr. Deepa Camenga, MD, MHS, spoke on adolescent use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. Audience members were able to see and touch vaping devices and hear new ways youth are using these devices, including JUUL.

Our third faculty speaker was Michael Chaiton, PhD, who gave a provocative talk on how policy can change tobacco and smoking rates while individual interventions have limited effect on tobacco use rates.

The Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG was very pleased to present 3 trainees the APA Pediatric Tobacco Issues Trainee Research Award. These trainees received a $100 award from SIG funds and gave a brief overview of their work. Sara Bauer, MD, 3rd year resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital gave a presentation on QI interventions to implement smoking cessation interventions in the CF clinic. Karma McKelvey, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, spoke on her research on youth perceptions of visual representations of electronic cigarette flavors. Captain Matt Nestander, MD, a first year Neonatal fellow at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, spoke on his educational efforts in educating 4th and 5th graders on e-cigarettes and marijuana.

At the end of the session, Drs. Nancy Graff and Dr Dean Sidelinger were voted as co-chairs of the SIG. We had a brainstorming session to discuss how to encourage new members, particularly younger members to get involved and join the section. Ideas included:

1) Changing the name of the SIG from Pediatric Tobacco Issues to Nicotine and Tobacco Issues
2) Collaborate with other SIGs by reaching out directly to the following groups:

    Substance use
    Global health
    Underrepresented minorities

3) Send personal invitations to presenters doing tobacco research at PAS to come to SIG
4) Ask everyone to bring one person with them to the meeting

For the Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG at PAS 2019 in Baltimore, ideas for speakers included:
1) Policy talk (since close to DC)
2) Someone from FDA
2) Someone from Truth
3) Social media research and tobacco
4) Tobacco free pharmacies
5) Smoke free multi-unit housing
6) Tobacco 21
7) National Academy of Science report on e-cigs from Sharon Mcgrath Morrow

Jyothi and I have been honored to be your co-chairs these past 3 years. Thank you all for your support and passion to protect children from tobacco use and exposure.

Susan and Jyothi

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

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

Dean Sidelinger, MD, MSEd
3851 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92110-3134
Phone: (619) 542-4926

Current SIG Mentor:

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




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