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Medical Expert - John G. Spangler, MD

Area of Expertise: Family Medicine - tobacco cessation
Area of Expertise: alternative tobacco products
Area of Expertise: e-cigarettes
Area of Expertise: environmental toxins
Area of Expertise: second-hand smoke
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John G. Spangler, MD

Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Spangler is one of the world's leading experts in tobacco epidemiology and was the keynote speaker for 2004 World Health Organization Tobacco and Community Health Conference in New Delhi, India. He founded the first physician-run tobacco-cessation clinic in North Carolina and was recently awarded $1.6 million grant to develop tobacco cessation curriculum for medical schools across the United States. He has won several prestigious awards including the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine Program of the Year Award and the Behavioral Sciences Forum Program of the Year Award. He is currently co-Principal Investigator on a longitudinal study of tobacco use among students at 11 colleges and universities in NC and VA.



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Family and Friends Can Play Major Supporting Roles in Helping Smokers Quit
Earlier this week the drugstore chain CVS announced that in addition to ending the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products it was launching a smoking-cessation campaign to include assessment of a smoker's “readiness to quit,” medication support to help curb the desire to use tobacco and coaching to help people stay motivated and avoid relapses.
On-line Teaching and Training Modules are First for Medical Students

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine have developed what is believed to be the first on-line teaching and training modules for medical students aimed at improving outcomes for overweight and obese patients –

Switching May Not Be The Answer

The CDC says American-made cigarettes may contain higher doses of carginogens. While that may be the case, WFUBMC tobacco intervention expert Dr. John Spangler says switching to overseas brands may not be the answer.

Wake Forest Baptist March Awards and Recognitions
Wake Forest Baptist March Awards and Recognitions
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