K. Michael Cummings, PhD, MPH

Peer Reviewed Papers

Congressional briefing on Substance Abuse Policy: “What We Know and Where We Need to Go

K. Michael Cummings, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
68 President Street
BE 103-L
Charleston, SC 29425
Office Phone: 843-876-2429
E-Mail: cummingk@musc.edu
Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
Chairman, Department of Health Behavior
PhD, Health Behavior – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1980
MPH, Public Health – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977
Dr. K. Michael Cummings joined the staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 1981, and was appointed Chair of the Department of Health Behavior, in 1999. He also is a Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at SUNY at Buffalo.
Research Interests
Dr. Cummings is widely recognized as one of the leading public health scholars in the field of tobacco control. He currently directs the operations of the New York State Smoker’s Quitline and is PI of the Roswell Park NIH-supported transdisciplinary tobacco use research center which is focusing research efforts on evaluating the impact of national level tobacco control policies being implemented in different countries around the globe. Dr. Cummings’ research focuses on investigating the influence of tobacco product marketing and counter-marketing campaigns, product design, consumer risk perceptions, treatments for smoking cessation, and the influence of public policy on tobacco use behaviors.
Health effects of tobacco
Smoking cessation
Tobacco use prevention
Research Overview:

Dr. Cummings’ research interests focus on the health effects of tobacco, smoking cessation and tobacco use prevention. A nationally recognized authority on smoking issues, he has contributed to several United States Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health and to the Institute of Medicine’s report on nicotine addiction in children. Dr. Cummings has testified as an expert witness against the tobacco industry in a number of recent legal proceedings, including several state Medicaid cases which resulted in the Master Settlement Agreement.

Selected Publications:

Ashley DL; O’Connor, Richard J; Bernert JT; Watson CH; Polzin GM; Jain RB; Hammond D; Hatsukami DK; Giovino, Gary; Cummings, K Michael; McNeill A; Shahab L; King B; Fong GT; Zhang L; Xia Y; Yan X; McCraw JM. Effect of differing levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines in cigarette smoke on the levels of biomarkers in smokers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2010; 19(6): 1389-1398.

Borland R ; Hyland, Andrew J; Cummings, K Michael; Fong GT. One size does not fit all when it comes to smoking cessation: observations from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(Suppl. 1): S1-S3. PMC2948142

Borland R ; Yong H ; Balmford J ; Cooper J ; Cummings, K Michael; O’Connor, Richard J; McNeill A ; Zanna MP ; Fong GT. Motivational factors predict quit attempts but not maintenance of smoking cessation: findings from the International Tobacco Control Four country project. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(Suppl. 1): S4-S11. PMC2948136

Cooper J ; Borland R ; Yong H ; McNeill A ; Murray RL ; O’Connor, Richard J; Cummings, K Michael. To what extent do smokers make spontaneous quit attempts and what are the implications for smoking cessation maintenance? Findings from the International Tobacco Control Four country survey. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(Suppl. 1): S51-S57. PMC2948138

Cummings, K Michael; Fix BV; Celestino, Paula B; Hyland, Andrew J; Mahoney, Martin C; Ossip DJ; Bauer U. Does the number of free nicotine patches given to smokers calling a quitline influence quit rates: results from a quasi-experimental study. BMC Public Health 2010; 10( ): 181. PMC2856535

Cummings, K Michael; Sebrie, Ernesto M. Latin America: a laboratory for tobacco control research. Salud Publica Mex 2010; 52(Suppl. 2): S91-S93.

Elton-Marshall T ; Fong GT ; Zanna MP ; Jiang Y ; Hammond D ; O’Connor, Richard J; Yong HH ; Li L ; King B ; Li Q ; Borland R ; Cummings, K Michael; Driezen P. Beliefs about the relative harm of “light” and “low tar” cigarettes: findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) China Survey. Tob Control 2010; 19(Suppl. 2): i54-i62. PMC2976003

Fathelrahman AI ; Omar M ; Awang R ; Cummings, K Michael; Borland R ; Samin ASBM. Impact of the new Malaysian cigarette pack warnings on smokers’ awareness of health risks and interest in quitting smoking. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2010; 7(11): 4089-4099. PMC2996227

Fix BV; O’Connor, Richard J; Hammond D; King B; McNeill A; Thrasher J; Boado M; Cummings, K Michael; Yong H-H; Thompson ME; Hyland, Andrew J. ITC “spit and butts” pilot study: the feasibility of collecting saliva and cigarette butt samples from smokers to evaluate policy. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(3): 185-190. PMC2825096

Gibson JE ; Murray RL ; Borland R ; Cummings, K Michael; Fong GT ; Hammonds, Denise; McNeill A. The impact of the United Kingdom’s national smoking cessation strategy on quit attempts and use of cessation services: findings from the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(Suppl. 1): S64-S71. PMC2948139

Hyland, Andrew J; Cummings, K Michael. Using tobacco control policies to increase consumer demand for smoking cessation. Am J Prev Med 2010; 38(3 Suppl.): S347-50.

Kahler CW; Borland R; Hyland, Andrew J; McKee SA; O’Connor, Richard J; Fong GT; Cummings, K Michael. Quitting smoking and change in alcohol consumption in the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey. Drug Alcohol Depend 2010; 110(1-2): 101-107. PMC2885485

King BA ; Travers, Mark J; Cummings, K Michael; Mahoney, Martin C; Hyland, Andrew J. Secondhand smoke transfer in multiunit housing. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(11): 1133-1141.

King BA; Cummings, K Michael; Mahoney, Martin C; Juster HR; Hyland, Andrew J. Multiunit housing residents’ experiences and attitudes toward smoke-free policies. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(6): 598-605.

King BA; Travers, Mark J; Cummings, K Michael; Mahoney, Martin C; Hyland, Andrew J. Prevalence and predictors of smoke-free policy implementation and support among owners and managers of multiunit housing. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(2): 159-163.

Latimer AE; Green KE; Schmid K; Tomasone J; Abrams S; Cummings, K Michael; Celestino, Paula B; Salovey P; Seshadri S; Toll BA. The identification of framed messages in the New York State Smokers’ Quitline materials. Health Educ Res 2010; 25(1): 54-60. PMC2805401

Murphy JM; De Moreno SL; Cummings, K Michael; Hyland, Andrew J; Mahoney, Martin C. Changes in cigarette smoking, purchase patterns, and cessation-related behaviors among low-income smokers in New York State from 2002 to 2005. J Public Health Manag Pract 2010; 16(4): 277-284.

O’Connor, Richard J; Fix, Brian V; Hammonds, Denise; Giovino, Gary; Hyland, Andrew J; Fong GT ; Cummings, K Michael. The impact of reduced ignition propensity cigarette regulation on smoking behaviour in a cohort of Ontario smokers. Inj Prev 2010; 16(6): 420-422.

O’Connor, Richard J; Li QA ; Stephens WE ; Hammond D ; Elton-Marshall T ; Cummings, K Michael; Giovino, Gary; Fong GT. Cigarettes sold in China: design, emissions and metals. Tob Control 2010; 19(Suppl. 2): i47-i53. PMC2976001

O’Connor, Richard J; Rees VW; Norton, Kaila J; Cummings, K Michael; Connolly GN; Alpert HR; SjÃdin A; Romanoff L; Li Z; Kibby, Kristie M; Giovino, Gary. Does switching to reduced ignition propensity cigarettes alter smoking behavior or exposure to tobacco smoke constituents. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(10): 1011-1018. PMC2948053

O’Connor, Richard J; Wilkins KJ ; Caruso, Rosalie V; Cummings, K Michael; Kozlowski, Lynn. Cigarette characteristic and emission variations across high-, middle- and low-income countries. Public Health 2010; 124(12): 667-674. PMC2998539

Tarnoki DL; Tarnoki AD; Hyland, Andrew J; Travers, Mark J; Dobson K; Mechtler, Laszlo L; Cummings, K Michael. [Measurement of indoor smoke pollution in public places in Hungary]. Orv Hetil 2010; 151(6): 213-219.

Toll BA; Martino S; Latimer A; Salovey P; O’Malley S; Carlin-Menter S; Hopkins J; Wu R; Celestino, Paula B; Cummings, K Michael. Randomized trial: Quitline specialist training in gain-framed vs standard-care messages for smoking cessation. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010; 102(2): 96-106. PMC2808347

Travers, Maansi Bansal B; Cummings, K Michael; Hyland, Andrew J; Brown, Anthony W; Celestino, Paula B. Educating smokers about their cigarettes and nicotine medications. Health Educ Res 2010; 25(4): 678-686. PMC2912549.

Varadarajan R; Cummings, K Michael; Hyland, Andrew J; Wang, Eunice S; Wetzler, Meir. Can decreasing smoking prevalence reduce leukemia mortality?. Ann Hematol 2010; 89(9): 873-876.

Warren, Graham; Arnold S ; Valentino J ; Sims J ; Reid, Mary E; Cummings, K Michael; Marshall, James R; Martella A ; Gal T ; Kudrimoti M. Weekly self-reported tobacco use and cessation during definitive radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010; 78(3 Suppl. 1): S563.

Yong H ; Borland R ; Cooper J ; Cummings, K Michael. Postquitting experiences and expectations of adult smokers and their association with subsequent relapse: findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey. Nicotine Tob Res 2010; 12(Suppl. 1): S12-S19. PMC2948140

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