1. Changes in Cigarette Smoking Behavior Among US Young Workers From 2005 to 2010: The Role of Occupation.

    Nicotine & Tobacco Research 18(6):1414 (2016) PMID 26508398

    Young adult workers (18-24 years) in the United States have been identified as a high-risk group for smoking. This study compares changes in smoking behavior by occupational class among this group between 2005 and 2010. Data were pooled from the Tobacco Supplement in the 2005 and 2010 National H...
  2. Smoking behavior among adult childhood cancer survivors: what are we missing?

    Journal of Cancer Survivorship 10(1):131 (2016) PMID 26031234

    Childhood cancer survivors are a growing population at increased risk for smoking-related health complications. This study compared smoking prevalence, age at smoking initiation, and time trend of smoking prevalence from 1997 to 2010 between adult survivors of childhood cancer and adults without...
  3. Correlates of smoking among youth: the role of parents, friends, attitudes/beliefs, and demographics.

    Tobacco Induced Diseases 14:9 (2016) PMID 27013933 PMCID PMC4806458

    Family engagement has been shown to play a crucial role in youth cigarette use prevention and uptake. We examine cross-sectional and longitudinal data to determine whether changes in parental monitoring factors influence changes in smoking susceptibility. Two cross-sectional surveys of Florida y...
  4. Combining Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with a Random-Sample Survey to Assess Smoking Prevalence in an Under-Served Community.

    Journal of the National Medical Association 107(2):97 (2015) PMID 27269496

    The authors would like to thank Laura McClure for her help with the manuscript submission, the Liberty City Community Health Advisory Board for its collaboration on this study, as well as the survey interviewers, and the survey participants. Underserved communities might lag behind Healthy Peopl...
  5. Identifying misclassification in youth self-reported smoking status: testing different consent processes of biological sample collection to capture misclassification.

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence 149:264 (2015) PMID 25678440

    In Florida, since 1998, identical survey items have been used to measure youth smoking status for the CDC sponsored state school-based survey and the tobacco control program evaluation telephone survey. The two surveys should parallel one another to track tobacco use. Tobacco items collected in ...
  6. Effect of childhood victimization on occupational prestige and income trajectories.

    PLoS ONE 10(2):e0115519 (2015) PMID 25723670 PMCID PMC4344214

    Violence toward children (childhood victimization) is a major public health problem, with long-term consequences on economic well-being. The purpose of this study was to determine whether childhood victimization affects occupational prestige and income in young adulthood. We hypothesized that yo...
  7. Young adult former ever smokers: the role of type of smoker, quit attempts, quit aids, attitudes/beliefs, and demographics.

    Preventive Medicine 57(5):690 (2013) PMID 24021991 PMCID PMC3855223

    Young adults who smoke are often nondaily users who either quit or transition into dependent smokers. Further, this age group often has been considered an extension of the adult population. This study aims to examine young adult former ever smokers to understand factors associated with their sto...
  8. Culturally specific versus standard group cognitive behavioral therapy for smoking cessation among African Americans: an RCT protocol.

    BMC Psychology 1(1):15 (2013) PMID 25566367 PMCID PMC4269979

    African American smokers experience disproportionately higher rates of tobacco-related illnesses compared to Caucasians. It has been suggested that interventions targeted to specific racial/ethnic groups (i.e., culturally specific) are needed; however, the literature examining the efficacy of cu...
  9. Developing an urban community-campus partnership: lessons learned in infrastructure development and communication.

    Progress in Community Health Partnerships Resea... 6(4):435 (2012) PMID 23221288

    A low-income, African American neighborhood in Miami, Florida, experiences health disparities including an excess burden of cancer. Many residents are disenfranchised from the healthcare system, and may not participate in cancer prevention and screening services. We sought to describe the develo...
  10. Trends in smokeless tobacco use in the us workforce: 1987-2005.

    Tobacco Induced Diseases 9(1):6 (2011) PMID 21631951 PMCID PMC3118314

    The primary aim was to examine whether increasing workplace smoking restrictions have led to an increase in smokeless tobacco use among US workers. Smokeless tobacco exposure increases the risk of oral cavity, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers, and stroke. The prevalence of smokeless tobacco u...
  11. Menthol cigarette smoking and health, Florida 2007 BRFSS.

    American Journal of Health Behavior 35(1):3 (2011) PMID 20950154

    To examine associations between menthol cigarette smoking and nicotine dependence, quit attempts, and physical and mental health. Data were drawn from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and a follow-up survey among current smokers (N = 3396). Univariate and multi...
  12. Toward the identification of communities with increased tobacco-associated cancer burden: Application of spatial modeling techniques.

    Journal of Carcinogenesis 10:22 (2011) PMID 22013392 PMCID PMC3190569

    Smoking-attributable risks for lung, esophageal, and head and neck (H/N) cancers range from 54% to 90%. Identifying areas with higher than average cancer risk and smoking rates, then targeting those areas for intervention, is one approach to more rapidly lower the overall tobacco disease burden ...
  13. Secondhand smoke exposure and the risk of hearing loss.

    Tobacco Control 20(1):82 (2011) PMID 21081307 PMCID PMC3071573

    Hearing loss has been associated with tobacco smoking, but its relationship with secondhand smoke is not known. We sought to investigate the association between secondhand smoke exposure and hearing loss in a nationally representative sample of adults. The National Health and Nutrition Examinati...
  14. Changes in youth cigarette use following the dismantling of an antitobacco media campaign in Florida.

    Preventing chronic disease 7(3):A65 (2010) PMID 20394704 PMCID PMC2879997

    We examined the association of the termination of a successful youth-targeted antitobacco media campaign ("truth") and changes in smoking rates among youths aged 12-17 years in Florida. Six telephone-based surveys were completed during the active media campaign (1998-2001), and 2 postcampaign su...
  15. Secondhand smoke policy and the risk of depression.

    Annals of Behavioral Medicine 39(2):198 (2010) PMID 20354832 PMCID PMC2881688

    Banning smoking in work and public settings leads to immediate reductions in disease burden. However, no previous studies have looked specifically at the impact smoking bans may have on depression. The 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) uses a cross-sectional design represen...
  16. Secondhand smoke exposure and depressive symptoms.

    Psychosomatic Medicine 72(1):68 (2010) PMID 19949159 PMCID PMC2804907

    To evaluate the association between secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure and depression. Tobacco smoking and depression are strongly associated, but the possible effects of SHS have not been evaluated. The 2005 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a cross-sectional sam...
  17. Food label use and awareness of nutritional information and recommendations among persons with chronic disease.

    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 90(5):1351 (2009) PMID 19776144 PMCID PMC3151015

    Because of the relation between chronic disease and poor nutritional habits, the use of food labels and adherence to dietary recommendations are important for chronic disease populations. We explored whether persons with chronic disease read nutrient information on food labels and whether they w...
  18. Adult awareness of a youth-focused anti-tobacco campaign: does having children matter?

    Substance Use and Misuse 44(6):763 (2009) PMID 19444720

    Data from a survey of tobacco use conducted in 2001 was used to examine if Florida's youth-focused anti-tobacco media campaign, which focused on cigarette smoking, reached adults. The majority of the sample was white (87%), high school or college educated (85%), and over half with children (56%)...
  19. Accuracy of self-reported smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in the US workforce: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

    Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 50(12):1414 (2008) PMID 19092497

    Occupational health studies often rely on self-reported secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. This study examines the accuracy of self-reported tobacco use and SHS exposure. Data on serum cotinine, self-reported tobacco use, and SHS exposure for US workers were extracted from three National Health an...
  20. Gender- and race-specific comparison of tobacco-associated cancer incidence trends in Florida with SEER regional cancer incidence data.

    Cancer Causes & Control 19(7):711 (2008) PMID 18322816

    Analysis of state and national tobacco-associated cancer trends is critical for the identification of high-risk regions of the country that require the attention of the public health community. This study compares Florida race- and gender-specific cancer trends with pooled data obtained from nin...