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

April 2017 Newsletter Article

The countdown to PAS in SF is on, and we are excited for our annual Pediatric Tobacco Issues SIG meeting on May 6th, 8:30 - 11:30am! Mark your calendars!

We've got some great speakers lined up...see below for what we've got planned!




Susan Walley MD
Associate Professor
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Jyothi Marbin, MD
Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco

Using Databases in Tobacco Research

Robert McMillen PhD
Associate Professor
Mississippi State University

Menthol and Health Disparities

Phillip Gardiner, Dr. P. H.
Tobacco Related Disease Research Program
University of California Office of the President

Smoking & the Movies

Stanton Glantz PhD
Professor of Medicine
Truth Initiative Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control

Hot Topics: AAP Updates

Julie Gorzkowski MSW, LSW
Director, Division of Tobacco Control
AAP Richmond Center

Wrap Up
Brainstorming for next year's agenda
Election of 3rd Co-chair

Susan Walley MD
Associate Professor
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Jyothi Marbin, MD
Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco

Since 2017-18 is the final year of Susan & I being co-chairs, at the meeting, we'll also be electing a third co-chair to join us for our final year to help ease the transition into 2018-19. If you're interested, definitely let us know!

And finally, after this SIG meeting, please join us for the "Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping: What You and Your Patients Don't Know Can Hurt Them" session from 3-5 on May 6th! (location TBD)

See you in SF!

Jyothi Marbin MD
Associate Professor
University of California, San Francisco

Susan Walley MD
Associate Professor
University of Alabama, Birmingham

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Jyothi Marbin, MD
1229 Pearl st
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (415) 572-6449

Susan Walley, MD
1600 7th Avenue South Suite 108
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 638-9922



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