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Joseph R Difranza

Family Medicine and Community Health
UMass Medical School
United States of America


Joseph DiFranza, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, is a recognized national expert on adolescent tobacco utilization. Since 1980, Dr. DiFranza has been conducting research on the topic of tobacco. His research covers a range of tobacco-related topics including the onset of nicotine dependence, the effects of tobacco advertising, tobacco industry public relations programs, tobacco-related complications of pregnancy, school smoking cessation programs, and the effects of environmental tobacco smoke. Dr. DiFranza is recognized nationally for his contribution to the efforts to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco to children.

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Medicine and Community Health


  • Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Ward KD, Fouad FM, Eissenberg T, etal (2016) Correlates of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers. Drug Alcohol Depend. 168: 230-238.

  • DiFranza JR (2016) Can tobacco dependence provide insights into other drug addictions? BMC Psychiatry. 16: 365.

  • Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Fouad FM, etal (2017) Waterpipe smoking patterns and symptoms of nicotine dependence: The Waterpipe Dependence in Lebanese Youth Study. Addict Behav. 74: 127-133.

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