Latest Research

In addition to providing education, treatment, and advocacy relating to tobacco, the Tobacco Dependence Program at Rutgers-School of Public Health aims to carry out and disseminate high quality research on tobacco dependence and its treatment.

The Tobacco Dependence Program has collaborative links with the Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research (CTSER) within the School of Public Health as well as with numerous other healthcare agencies and research institutes throughout New Jersey. In addition to core funding from New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Program faculty have obtained grants from national funding agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Schools of Public

Many of the Tobacco Dependence Program faculty have a wealth of experience in carrying out and publishing cutting-edge scientific research on tobacco dependence. Some recent publications are given below.


Sheffer CE, Payne T, Ostroff JS, Jolicoeur D, Steinberg MB, Czabafy S, Foulds J, Bars M, Wassum K, Perry B; Increasing the Quality and Availability of Evidence-based Treatment for Tobacco Dependence through Unified Certification of Tobacco Treatment Specialists; Journal of Smoking Cessation; Available on CJO 2014 doi:10.1017/jsc.2014.30; 2015.

Steinberg MB, Giovenco DP, Delnevo CD; Patient-Physician Communication Regarding Electronic Cigarettes; Preventive Medicine Reports; 2015; (in press)


Steinberg MB, Zimmermann MH, Lewis MJ, Delnevo CD, Shukla P, Coups E, Foulds J; Comparing the Perceptions and Experiences of Inhaled Nicotine Devices:  E-cigarette vs. Nicotine Inhaler; 2014; J Gen Int Med; 29(11); 1444-50; PMID: 24830741

Chew D, Steinberg MB, Thomas P, Shobha S, Sally H; Evaluation of a Smoking Cessation Program for HIV-Infected Individuals in an Urban HIV Clinic: Challenges and Lessons Learned; AIDS Research and Treatment; 2014; Article ID 237834, doi:10.1155/2014/237834.

Zimmermann MH, Richardson DL, Manderski MTB, Delnevo CD, Steinberg MB; Characteristics Regarding Cigarette “Butting-out” and Relighting Behavior Among Treatment Seekers:  Implications For Tobacco Dependence Treatment And Policy; 2014; Int J Clin Pract; PMID 25113663.


Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD. Increasing the "Smoking Age": The Right Thing to Do; Ann Intern Med. 2013 Aug 26. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-8-201310150-00695.


Steinberg MB,  Zimmermann MH, Gundersen DA, Hart C, Delnevo CD; Physicians’ Perceptions Regarding Effectiveness of Tobacco Cessation Medications; ; 2011; 53(6):433-4.

Lin PN, Zimmermann MH, Bover MT, Schmelzer AC, Steinberg MB; Evaluation of graphic cigarette warning images on cravings to smoke; Journal of Smoking Cessation; Preventive Medicine 2011; 6(2): 85-88.

Delnevo CD, Gundersen DA, Hrywna M, Echeverria SE, Steinberg MB; Smoking-Cessation Prevalence Among U.S. Smokers of Menthol Versus Non-Menthol Cigarettes, Am J Prev Med; 2011; 41(4):357-65.

Steinberg MB, Randall J, Greenhaus S, Schmelzer AC, Richardson DL, Carson JL; Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Hospitalized Smokers: A Randomized, Controlled, Pilot Trial Using Varenicline; Addictive Behaviors; 2011; 36:1127-32.

Williams JM, Steinberg MB, Steinberg ML, Gandhi KK, Ulpe R, Foulds J.; Review of Varenicline for Tobacco Dependence: Panacea or Plight.  Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy; 2011; 12(11):1799-812.

Delnevo CD, Steinberg MB, Hudson SV, Ulpe R, DiPaola RS.; Epidemiology of Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Use among South Asian Immigrants in the Northeastern United States. J Oncol; vol 2011; Article ID 252675; 2011.

Williams JM, Zimmermann MH, Steinberg ML, Gandhi KK, Delnevo CD, Steinberg MB, Foulds J.; A Comprehensive Model for Mental Health Tobacco Recovery in New Jersey. Admin Policy Men's Health; 38(5):368-83; 2011

Steinberg MB, Bover, MT, Richardson DL, Schmelzer AC, Williams JM, Foulds J; Abstinence and psychological distress in co-morbid smokers using various pharmacotherapies; Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 2011; 114:77-81.


Steinberg MB, Schmelzer AC, Lin PN, Garcia G; Smoking as a Chronic Disease; Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports; 2010; 4(6):413-20.


Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD; Tobacco Smoke by Any Other Name is Still as Deadly; Ann Int Med; 2009; 152(4):259-60.

Foulds J, Schmelzer AC, Steinberg MB; Treating tobacco dependence as a chronic illness and a key modifiable predictor of disease; Int J Clin Practice; 2009; 64(2):142-6.

Steinberg MB, Greenhaus S, Schmelzer AC, Bover MT, Foulds J, Hoover DR, Carson JL; Triple Combination Pharmacotherapy for Medically-Ill Smokers; Ann Int Med; 150(7); 447-54; 2009

Gandhi KK, Foulds J, Steinberg MB, Lu S, Williams JM; Lower Quit Rates among Menthol Cigarette Smokers at a Specialist Tobacco Treatment Clinic in New Jersey; Int J Clin Pract; 63(3):360-7; 2009.


Bover MT, Foulds, J, Steinberg MB, Richardson DL, Marcella SW; Waking at night to smoke as a marker for tobacco dependence: patient characteristics and relationship to treatment outcome; Int J Clin Pract; 62(2):182-190; 2008

Steinberg MB, Schmelzer AC, Richardson DL, Foulds J; The case for treating tobacco dependence as a chronic disease; Ann Int Med;148(7):554-7; 2008.


Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD; Physician Beliefs Regarding Effectiveness of Tobacco Dependence Treatments; Journal of General Internal Medicine; 22(10): 1459-62; 2007

Steinberg MB, Nanavati K, Delnevo CD, Abatemarco DJ; Predictors of Self-reported Discussion of Cessation Medications by Physicians in New Jersey; Addictive Behaviors; 32(12); 3045-53; 2007.

Abatemarco D, Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD; Knowledge, attitudes and practices of tobacco dependence treatment by nurse midwives; Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health; 52(5); 451-7; 2007.


Han ES, Foulds J, Steinberg MB, Gandhi KK, West B, Richardson DL, Zelenetz S, Dasika J; Characteristics and smoking cessation outcomes among patients returning for repeat tobacco dependence treatment; International Journal of Clinical Practice; 2006; 60(9):1068-74

Steinberg MB, Akincigil A, Delnevo CD, Crystal S, Carson JL; Gender and age disparities for tobacco dependence treatment: Results of the 2001-2002 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey; Am J Prev Med; 30(5); 405-12; 2006.

Foulds J, Gandhi K, Steinberg MB, Richardson DL, Williams JM, Burke MV, Rhoads GG; Factors Associated with Quitting Smoking at a Tobacco Dependence Treatment Clinic; Am J Health Behaviors; 30(4);400-412;2006.

Steinberg MB, Alvarez MS, Delnevo CD, Kaufman I, Cantor JC; Disparity of Physicians’ Utilization of Tobacco Treatment Services; Am J Health Behaviors; 30(4);375-386;2006.

Foulds J, Steinberg MB, Williams JM, Ziedonis DM; Developments In Pharmacotherapy For Tobacco Dependence: Past, Present and Future; Drug and Alcohol Review; 25; 59-71; 2006.

Steinberg MB, Foulds J, Richardson DL, Burke MV, Shah P; Pharmacotherapy and Smoking Cessation at a Tobacco Dependence Clinic; Prev Med; 42(2); 114-9; 2006.