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Joseph DiFranza, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, is a recognized national expert on adolescent tobacco utilization. Since 1980, Dr. DiFranza has been conducting research on the topic of tobacco. His research covers a range of tobacco-related topics including the onset of nicotine dependence, the effects of tobacco advertising, tobacco industry public relations programs, tobacco-related complications of pregnancy, school smoking cessation programs, and the effects of environmental tobacco smoke. Dr. DiFranza is recognized nationally for his contribution to the efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children.

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University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, Doctor of Medicine, 1981
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Psychology 1976
Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Phi
University of Massachusetts Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program, Worcester, 1981 1984
Fellowship in faculty development, University of North Carolina , 1984 1985
Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine 1984, recertified 1990-1997, 1996-2003, 2004-


Tobacco Control Resource Center, Board of Directors (1985-present)
American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Child Health Research Tobacco Consortium 2001

Scholarly Activity

National Institute on Drug Abuse. “The Transition to Nicotine Dependence.” October 2001- September 2006. $1.8 million. 5 RO1 DA14666-01

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Synar Amendment: Past, Present and Future. July 1, 2001- June 30, 2004. $121,754 #0456644

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Academic Article A model for the efficient and effective enforcement of tobacco sales laws.
Academic Article The Tobacco Institute's "It's the Law" campaign: has it halted illegal sales of tobacco to children?
Academic Article A comparison of the advertising and accessibility of cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and loose tobacco.
Academic Article Pharmacy promotion of tobacco use among children in Massachusetts.
Academic Article The effect of enforcing tobacco-sales laws on adolescents' access to tobacco and smoking behavior.
Academic Article Symptoms of nicotine dependence and other predictors of student smoking at school: implications for school smoking policy.
Academic Article Parent's socioeconomic status, adolescents' disposable income, and adolescents' smoking status in Massachusetts.
Academic Article Recollections and repercussions of the first inhaled cigarette.
Academic Article Symptoms of tobacco dependence after brief intermittent use: the Development and Assessment of Nicotine Dependence in Youth-2 study.
Academic Article Measuring statewide merchant compliance with tobacco minimum age laws: the Massachusetts experience.
Academic Article The loss of autonomy over smoking in relation to lifetime cigarette consumption.
Academic Article Development of a measure of the latency to needing a cigarette.
Academic Article Development of symptoms of tobacco dependence in youths: 30 month follow up data from the DANDY study.
Academic Article Screening adolescents for nicotine dependence: the Hooked On Nicotine Checklist.
Academic Article Short term patterns of early smoking acquisition.
Academic Article Perceived accessibility as a predictor of youth smoking.
Academic Article A comparison of the autonomy over tobacco scale and the Fagerstr?m test for nicotine dependence.
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