Tobacco Prevention
Tobacco Prevention

Show: Healthy Children - The Talk Show for Parents

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Dr. Jonathan Winickof
Tobacco Prevention
Topic Info
Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, comes on the show to discuss Baseball's new labor deal that will limit the use of smokeless tobacco by players, but not ban it during games, as some public health groups had sought. He will also discuss Hookah smoking. The fruity aroma of hookah smoke naturally brings a false sense of security to users, particularly teens. However, studies are showing that hookah smoke poses many dangers.
Guest Info
Dr. Winickoff is a member of the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, a practicing pediatrician at MGH and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He has training and experience in health services research, medical ethics, neurobiology, statistics, and behavioral theory. He has received numerous awards including the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service for “protecting the health of the United States public,” and the 2011 Academic Pediatric Association Health Policy Award in recognition of cumulative public policy and advocacy efforts that have improved the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. He served for 7 years as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius Richmond Center of Excellence Tobacco Consortium, a national group of researchers who take a family-centered approach to tobacco control issues that affect children. Dr. Winickoff has authored over 60 peer-reviewed papers, 30 addressing tobacco control in child healthcare settings. Two of these studies were the first to evaluate the delivery of smoking cessation pharmacotherapies to parents in the pediatric setting.

He has drafted key tobacco control policy for the AMA, AAP, and the APA. He has served as a scientific advisor to the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, Indiana Tobacco Control Program, the Food and Drug Administration, and presented at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Surgeon General through the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. The national program his team developed out of his research known as CEASE, the Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure, is available for free at . A $4 million dollar award from NIH-NCI/NIDA/AHRQ (R01-CA127127-01) is funding a dissemination trial of CEASE through the PROS network of the AAP. Recently, he completed an online CME tobacco control module for Pedialink, an online learning platform of the AAP. With NIH ARRA funding, he has collaborated with several AAP committees and the elearning division to build a tobacco control maintenance of certification module—Eliminating Tobacco Use and Exposure, which launched March 1, 2011.

One of his current projects involves researching the issue of smoking in multi-unit housing. With colleagues at the AAP Richmond Center, Harvard School of Public Health, and AMA, he is pursuing public education, legal ethical and social justice analysis, biochemical analysis of those living in multi-unit housing, and national attitudes of indoor smokefree policies among those who do and do not live in multi-unit housing.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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