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Addressing Cessation in Priority Populations


Sep 10, 2020 11:41 AM

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Martin Raw
Director @International Centre for Tobacco Cessation (ICTC)
Martin Raw is Director of the International Centre for Tobacco Cessation (ICTC) and Visiting Prof., New York University (NYU) School of Global Public Health. In 1982 he co-authored the first clinical trial demonstrating that nicotine gum works. In 1998 he lead-authored the first English smoking cessation guidelines, which resulted in cessation treatment throughout the National Health Service (NHS). In 2009/10 he led the writing of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 14 guidelines, on tobacco cessation, which were adopted as official policy in 2010. Currently, the ICTC helps countries improve their tobacco cessation treatment. He was awarded the American Cancer Society 2012 Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership, and in 2017 the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco 2017 John Slade Award, which honors SRNT members who have made outstanding contributions to public health and tobacco control through science-based public policy & public advocacy
Rachel Smolowitz (Smoking Cessation Coordinator) and Michael Stavros
Smoking Cessation Counselor @Sheppard Pratt
Rachel Smolowitz, PhD is a clinical-community psychologist serving as the smoking cessation coordinator at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Smolowitz completed her doctoral program at the University of South Carolina, and wrote her dissertation on empowerment of adults with serious mental illness. She then worked as a clinical psychologist with adults who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Dr. Smolowitz is focused in her work on developing capacity to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness. Michael Stavros, LGPC serves as the smoking cessation counselor at Sheppard Pratt. Following completion of his master’s program at Loyola University Maryland, Michael provides individualized counseling sessions to adult behavioral health patients with a history of tobacco use. Using person-centered therapeutic techniques, he works to motivate clients towards living a healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle.
Carolyn Dresler
Thoracic Surgical Oncologist and Former Associate Director for Medical and Health Sciences @Office of Science at the Center for Tobacco Products (FDA)
Carolyn Dresler, MD, MPA was trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the University of Toronto as a thoracic surgical oncologist with clinical practices at Washington University and Fox Chase Cancer Center. She retired in 2018 as the Associate Director for Medical and Health Sciences for the Office of Science at the Center for Tobacco Products within the FDA. Prior to this she was the Director for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. Before Arkansas, she was the Head of Unit for Tobacco and Cancer at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France. In 2002-2003 she completed a Master in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with an independent study in the human rights based approach to tobacco control. Her goal is to have fewer people dying from tobacco, specifically from tobacco-caused lung cancer.