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Taghrid Asfar, MD


  • MORG Role: Co-Investigator



  • Research Interests:


    • Tobacco control

    • Occupational health


  • Training: 

    • 1993, MD – University of Aleppo School of Medicine, Aleppo, Syria


  • Biography:

    • Dr. Asfar is a tobacco control expert who has worked closely with the UM occupational research group to examine tobacco health and tobacco-associated disease topics among US workers ranging from initiation in youth to use and health consequences in older workers. Specifically, she has been working with other UMORG members to examine smoking-related health outcomes and occupational exposures that increase the risk of smoking initiation in young workers.  


  • Relevant Selected Publications:

    • Ward KD, Ahn S, Mzayek F, Al-Ali R, Rastam S, Asfar T, Fouad F, Maziak, W. The Relationship Between Waterpipe Smoking and Body Weight: Population-Based Findings From Syria. Nicotine Tob Res. August 2014; doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntu121.

    • Asfar T, Al Ali R, Rastam S, Maziak W, Ward KD. Behavioral cessation treatment of waterpipe smoking: The first pilot randomized controlled trial. Addict Behav. Jun 2014;39(6):1066-1074.

    • Ward KD, Asfar T, Al Ali R, Rastam S, Vander Weg MW, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Randomized trial of the effectiveness of combined behavioral/pharmacological smoking cessation treatment in Syrian primary care clinics. Addiction. 2013;108(2):394-403.

    • Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Klosky JL. Use of smoking reduction strategies among U.S. tobacco quitlines. Addictive Behaviors. 2012;37(4):583-586.

    • Klesges RC, Ebbert JO, Morgan GD, Asfar T, Talcott WG, Debon M. Impact of differing definitions of dual tobacco use: implications for studying dual use and a call for operational definitions. Nicotine Tob Res. Jul 2011;13(7):523-531.

    • Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Relyea GE. Do smoking reduction interventions promote cessation in smokers not ready to quit? Addictive Behaviors. 2011;36(7):764-768.

    • Asfar T, Al-Ali R, Ward KD, Weg MWV, Maziak W. Are primary health care providers prepared to implement an anti-smoking program in Syria? Patient Education and Counseling. 2011;85(2):201-205.

    • Asfar T, Klesges RC, Sanford SD, Sherrill-Mittleman D, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Somes G, Boyett JM, Lando H. Trial Design: The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Cancer Survivors Tobacco Quit Line Study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Jan;31(1):82-91.

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