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.


Lewis MJ, Zimmermann MH, Delnevo CD, Steinberg MB. Evaluating receipt of and inability to discontinue tobacco industry direct mail. Tob Control. 2018; Epub ahead of print; PMID: 29588391.

Bloom EL, Burke MV, Kotsen C, Goldstein AO, Ripley-Moffitt C, Steinberg MB, Dailey M, Hunt LE, Bars MP;  Billing practices among U.S. tobacco use treatment providers;  J Addict Med. July 2018; (in press)

Kotsen C, Santorelli ML, Bloom EL, Goldstein AO, Ripley-Moffitt C, Steinberg MB, Burke MV, Foulds J, A Narrative Review of Intensive Group Tobacco Treatment: Clinical, Research, and U.S. Policy Recommendations; Nicotine Tob Res; Aug 2018 (epub ahead of print).


Santorelli ML, Hirshfield KM, Steinberg MB, Lin Y, Rhoads GG, Bandera EV, Demissie K. Racial Differences in the Effects of Co-morbidity on Breast-cancer Specific Survival; Cancer Causes Control; Epub online June 2017.

Singh B, Hrywna M, Wackowski OA, Delnevo CD, MJ Lewis, Steinberg MB; Knowledge, recommendation, and beliefs of e-cigarettes among physicians involved in tobacco cessation: A qualitative study; Prev Med Rep. 2017; PMID: 28831370.


Villanti AC, Bover Manderski MT, Gundersen DA, Steinberg MB, Delnevo CD. Reasons to quit and barriers to quitting smoking in US young adults. Fam Pract; 2016;33(2):133-9.

Santorelli ML, Steinberg MB, Hirshfield KM, Rhoads GG, Bandera EV, Lin Y, Demissie K. Effects of breast cancer on chronic disease medication adherence among older women. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2016; 25(8):898-907. PMID: 26875432.

Patel MS, Steinberg MB. Smoking Cessation. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(5):ITC33-ITC48.PMID: 26926702.

Ferreira GS, Steinberg MB. Going Slow May Not Be Best When Quitting Smoking. Ann Intern Med. 2016; 164(9):622-3. PMID: 26974591.

Delnevo CD, Giovenco DP, Steinberg MB, Villanti AC, Pearson JL, Niaura RS, Abrams DB. Patterns of Electronic Cigarette Use Among Adults in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016; 18(5):715-9.

Herrigel DJ, Carroll M, Fanning C, Steinberg MB, Parikh A, Usher M. Interhospital transfer handoff practices among US tertiary care centers: A descriptive survey. J Hosp Med. 2016; 11(6):413-7. PubMed PMID: 27042950.

Santorelli ML, Hirshfield KM, Steinberg MB, Rhoads GG, Lin Y, Demissie K. Hormonal therapy for breast cancer and diabetes incidence among postmenopausal women. Ann Epidemiol. 2016; 26(6):436-40. PubMed PMID: 27157863.

Manderski MT, Steinberg MB, Rahi KN, Banerjee SC, Delnevo CD. Surveillance of Tobacco Use Among South Asians in the US: Are We Underestimating Prevalence? J Community Health. 2016; 41(6):1140-1145. PubMed PMID: 27470121

Wackowski OA, Delnevo CD, Steinberg MB. Perspectives for Clinicians on Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes. Ann Intern Med. 2016. PubMed PMID: 27571380.


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.

Manne S, Steinberg MB, Delnevo C, Ulpe R, Sorice K. Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Foreign-born South Asians in the Metropolitan New York/New Jersey Region. J Community Health. 2015; 40(6):1075-83.

Steinberg MB, Akincigil A, Kim EJ, Shallis R, Delnevo CD. Tobacco Smoking as a Risk Factor for Increased Antibiotic Prescription. Am J Prev Med. 2015. pii: S0749-3797(15)00749-7.

Steinberg MB, Zimmermann MH, Wackowski OA, Delnevo CD; E-cigarette and Nicotine Inhaler Use: 6-month Follow-Up Crossover Trial; Tobacco Regulatory Science;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.