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Student & Alumni Achievements

Florida International PhD Candidate Honored by SRNT for Work in Tobacco Science

FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work PhD candidate in the department of epidemiology Dr. Ziyad Ben Taleb was accepted into the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Trainee Network Spotlight program. The SRNT Trainee Network Spotlight is a program designed to highlight outstanding trainees in tobacco research, thereby providing visibility and networking opportunities.


Currently a graduate assistant in the department of epidemiology, where he provides research support to various faculty, Dr. Taleb became interested in tobacco science because of the tremendous health and economic toll associated with its use. His recent accomplishments in tobacco science include publishing several articles in prominent public health and tobacco journals, including the first study to assess factors associated with pharmacological and behavioral treatment adherence among smokers in a low-income country setting, Predictors of adherence to pharmacological and behavioral treatment in a cessation trial among smokers in Aleppo, Syria. That study’s finding suggest that cigarette smokers in low-income countries like Syria may benefit from integrated cessation components that provide modified intensive treatment for subjects who have higher withdrawal symptoms, heavier cigarettes smoking and concurrently use waterpipe.

Dr. Taleb’s training goals include expanding his knowledge of tobacco control as well as investigating patterns and trends of alternative tobacco products (e.g., e-cigarettes, waterpipe). He is currently applying for post-doctoral and assistant professor positions.

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