Michael Eriksen

Michael Eriksen, Sc.D.

Michael Eriksen is Regents’ Professor and founding Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also Principal Investigator for GSU’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science and the Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. Previously, Dr. Eriksen served as a senior advisor to the World Health Organization, was the longest-serving director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (1992–2000), and was director of behavioral research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has recently served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. Dr. Eriksen has published extensively on tobacco control and has served as an expert witness on behalf of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in litigation against the tobacco industry. He is editor-in-chief of Health Education Research and is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health, and a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, awarded by President Bill Clinton. Dr. Eriksen is past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, and has been a member of the American Public Health Association for 40 years.

Judith Mackay

Judith Mackay, MBChB, FRCP

Dr. Judith Mackay is a medical doctor based in Hong Kong since 1967. She is senior adviser to World Lung Foundation/Bloomberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Senior Policy Adviser, WHO; and Director, Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control. She holds professorships at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University. After an early career as a hospital physician, she moved to public health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and London. She has authored or co-authored ten health atlases, published two hundred papers, and addressed nearly 500 conferences. She has received the WHO Commemorative Medal, Royal Awards from the UK and Thailand, the Fries Prize, a Luther Terry Award, the US Surgeon General’s Medallion, the Founding International Achievement Award from APACT, the Lifetime Achievement Award from INWAT, the British Medical Journal Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), and a Special Award of Outstanding Contribution on Tobacco Control (2014). She was selected by Time as one of 60 Asian Heroes (2006), then one of 100 World’s Most Influential People (2007). She has been identified by the tobacco industry as one of the three most dangerous people in the world.
Note: Judith Mackay’s credentials were incorrectly identified in the print version of the Atlas, but are correct here.  Please see our Change Blog for this and other corrections.

Neil Schluger

Neil W. Schluger, MD

Neil W. Schluger, MD is Chief Scientific Officer of World Lung Foundation as well as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Science at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Schluger’s career has focused on global aspects of lung disease. He has written over 150 articles, chapters and books; his work has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, among others. He serves on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and Chest. He is Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC), an international research consortium funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC). He is also the founder and director of the East Africa Training Initiative, a World Lung Foundation-sponsored project to train pulmonary physicians in Ethiopia. This program is the first of its kind in East Africa.

Farhad Gomeshtapeh

Farhad Islami Gomeshtapeh, MD, PhD

Dr. Islami is the Director of Interventions in the Surveillance and Health Services Research group at the American Cancer Society. His work focuses on the associations between tobacco or other modifiable risk factors and cancer and evaluating interventions for cancer prevention, including tobacco control, in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. Dr. Islami has published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including studies of the association of tobacco use with cancer and other chronic diseases. Several of these publications studied long-term health effects of tobacco products other than cigarettes, and studies conducted by Dr. Islami and colleagues in Iran and India have provided the strongest evidence so far for associations between waterpipe smoking and esophageal and gastric cancers. Dr. Islami was a member of the IARC secretariat in the IARC Monographs Volume 100: A Review of Human Carcinogens Part E, Lifestyle Factors, and the IARC Handbooks volume 14, Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control. Dr. Islami is co-chief editor of Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, a specialty section of Frontiers in Oncology. He earned his MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and a PhD in Epidemiology from King’s College, University of London, UK.

Jeffrey Drope

Jeffrey Drope, PhD

Dr. Jeff Drope is the Managing Director of the Economic and Health Policy Research program at the American Cancer Society. His research focuses on the nexus of public health (including tobacco control, harmful alcohol use, nutrition, and access to care) and economic policymaking, especially trade, investment and taxation. His work seeks to integrate the two different policy areas in proactive ways that engender both improved public health outcomes and economic prosperity. Recent funding support   comes from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute for Drug Abuse, Fogarty International Center and the National Cancer Institute), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (with funds from the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use), the National Science Foundation, and the International Development Research Centre. In addition to extensively publishing in these substantive areas, he participates actively in capacity-building efforts across the globe, working with major inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, national governments and many educational institutions. Currently, Dr. Drope is spearheading a multi-country initiative on the economics of tobacco farming in low- and middle-income countries. He is also an associate professor of political science at Marquette University, where he regularly teaches and mentors students on global health and development.

Contributing Authors

Michal Stoklosa, MA, a Senior Economist in the the Economic and Health Policy Research program at the American Cancer Society, served as a contributing editor and contributing author to the Fifth Edition of The Tobacco Atlas. Mr. Stoklosa authored the chapters on Cigarette Use Globally, Illicit Cigarette Trade, and Investing in Tobacco Control and contributed original content to the chapters written by the other Atlas authors.

Alex Liber, MSPH, a Data Analyst in the the Economic and Health Policy Research program at the American Cancer Society, served as a contributing editor and contributing author to the Fifth Edition of The Tobacco Atlas. Mr. Liber authored the chapters on Water Pipes, Smokeless Tobacco, Taxes, and Prices and oversaw data collection and management as well as content production of the chapters written by the other Atlas authors.

The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition would not have been possible without the contribution of numerous individuals and organizations. Please click here to learn more about them.