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Nan Jiang

Nan Jiang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health


Personal Statement

Nan Jiang, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine. She received her BS in Nursing from Peking Union Medical College in China, and earned MS in Health Promotion and PhD in Health Behavior from Indiana University. She completed postdoctoral training in the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California San Francisco. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she was a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at University of Hong Kong, where she was the PI for several studies that investigated psychosocial determinants of electronic cigarette use and waterpipe smoking among adolescents and adults in Hong Kong and mainland China. Her current research focuses on understanding tobacco-related disparities among Chinese Americans, and using mobile technologies to facilitate smoking cessation among Chinese population.

Positions and Honors

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2007-2008       Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

2007-               Member, American Public Health Association

2011-               Member, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

2014-               Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine


2006                School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2008                Starr Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2010                Travel Scholarship, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Contributions to Science 1. Alternative tobacco use in China and Hong Kong

My research focuses on the use of alternative tobacco products (ATP), such as e-cigarettes and waterpipe, in China and Hong Kong, where little research was conducted in the area. I am the PI of several projects that examined ATP use among adolescents and adults. I found that waterpipe and e-cigarettes are popular among schoolchildren. I suggested that tobacco control programs in China and Hong Kong include a full array of tobacco products in the prevention and intervention efforts.

  • Jiang N, Chen J, Wang MP, McGhee SM, Kwong ACS, Lai VWY, Lam TH. Electronic cigarette awareness and use among adults in Hong Kong. Addictive Behaviors 2015;52:34-38. No PMCID Available.
  • Jiang N, Ho SY, Wang MP, Leung LT, Lam TH. Waterpipe smoking among secondary school students in Hong Kong. International Journal of Public Health 2016;61(4):427-434. No PMCID Available.
  • Jiang N, Wang MP, Ho SY, Leung LT, Lam TH. Electronic cigarette use among adolescents: A cross-sectional study in Hong Kong. BMC Public Health 2016;16:202. PMCID: PMC4774092
  • Jiang N, Ho SY, Wang MP, Leung LT, Lam TH. The relationship of waterpipe smoking with cigarette smoking susceptibility and nicotine dependence among adolescents in Hong Kong. Addictive Behaviors [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.035. No PMCID Available.
  • Jiang N, Lee L, Zelikoff JT, Weitzman, M. E-cigarettes: Effects on the fetus. (In Press). Pediatrics in Review.
2. Tobacco marketing

My work also focuses on understanding how tobacco companies marketed their products. I found that tobacco companies knew the link between smoking and drinking, and linked cigarette sales with alcohol consumption in marketing. I also found that domestic and foreign e-cigarette companies had shifted the focus from the export market to the vast internal market in China, and the market targeted young people. The findings will help inform the policies that address the marketing of tobacco products.

  • Jiang N, Ling PM. Reinforcement of smoking and drinking: Tobacco marketing strategies linked with alcohol in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 2011;101(10):1942-1954. (Feature article online in August 2011). PMCID: PMC3215402
  • Chu A, Jiang N, Glantz SA. Transnational tobacco industry promotion of the cigarette gifting custom in China. Tobacco Control 2011;20(4):1-8. PMCID: PMC3124594
  • Jiang N, Cortese DK, Lewis MJ, Ling PM. Booze and butts: A content analysis of the presence of alcohol in tobacco industry lifestyle magazines. Addictive Behaviors Reports 2016;3:14-20. No PMCID Available.
  • Jiang N, Ho SY, Lam TH. Electronic cigarette marketing tactics in mainland China. Tobacco Control 2016. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052824. No PMCID Available.
3. Co-use of tobacco and alcohol

My postdoctoral work focused on understanding the tobacco-and-alcohol co-use behaviors. I found that despite the smokefree bar policies, young adult bar patrons reported high smoking rate at bars, and the co-use behavior make it harder to quit smoking. I suggested that tobacco interventions address alcohol use collectively and target on the young adults at bars, and expand smokefree laws to the outdoor areas at bars and nightclubs.

  • Jiang N, Ling PM. Impact of alcohol use and bar attendance on smoking and quit attempts among young adult bar patrons. Am J Public Health 2013;103(5):e53-e61. PMCID: PMC3653637
  • Jiang N, Lee YO, Ling PM. Young adult social smokers: Their co-use of tobacco and alcohol, tobacco-related attitudes, and quitting efforts. Preventive Medicine 2014;69:166-171. PMCID: PMC4312182
  • Jiang N, Lee YO, Ling PM. Association between tobacco and alcohol use among young adult bar patrons: A cross-sectional study in three cities. BMC Public Health 2014;14:500. PMCID: PMC4055258
4. Tobacco policy

My work also focuses on understanding tobacco companies allied with alcohol companies to shape tobacco control policies, and assessing the effect of smokefree laws on smoking and drinking patterns. I found that stronger smokefree law coverage was associated with lower odds of smoking, and the effect was same across all drinking groups. I also found that smokefree law coverage was not associated with increased or decreased alcohol use disorders. Research findings provide further support for stronger smokefree laws. 

  • Jiang N, Ling PM. Vested Interests in addiction research and policy. Alliance between tobacco and alcohol industries to shape public policies. Addiction 2013;108(5):852-864. PMCID: PMC3689428
  • Jiang N, Gonzalez M, Ling PM, Glantz SA. Relationship of smokefree laws and alcohol use to light and intermittent smoking and quit attempts among US adults and alcohol users. PLoS One 2015;10(10):e0137023. PMCID: PMC4596828
  • Jiang N, Gonzalez M, Ling PM, Young-Wolff K, Glantz SA. Smokefree laws and hazardous drinking: A cross-sectional study among U.S. adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Healt 2017;14(4):412.
  • Cheung YTD, Wang MP, Ho SY, Jiang N, Kwong A, Lai V, Lam TH. (In Press). Public support for electronic cigarette regulation in Hong Kong: A population-based cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Additional Information: Research Support and/or Scholastic Performance


CSAAH Pilot Program Cycle 1 (Jiang, N.)     12/02/2017-06/30/2018 -  0 calendar

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health                                                                                                           

To explore factors that may influence Chinese American smokers’ engagement and retention in smoking cessation treatment services, and barriers in accessing the services, and to assess the use patterns of WeChat and other social media among Chinese American smokers


R18HS023922 (Shelley, D.)    05/01/2015-04/30/2018  -   XX calendar

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)                                                                                                        

Using practice facilitation in primary care settings to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease

This project aims to test the effectiveness of practice facilitation as a quality improvement strategy for implementing evidence-based guidelines for reducing cardiovascular disease-related risk factors in small to medium primary care practices.


HOS01-63001-11-T-79022-NYUPG-NYUPRJ (Shelley, D.) 2017-2019  -  XX calendar

NYU Langone Health Tobacco Free Community Project                                                                             

In partnership with Asian Americans for Equality and the Asian Smokers’ Quitline, experts from NYU Department of Population Health implement a community navigator model which provides lay workers or resident/community volunteers the skills to educate and motivate people in the community to address tobacco use and link community members to evidence-based smoking cessation treatment resources.


5R01CA175329-03 (Shelley, D.)  - 09/01/2015-08/31/2017 -  XX calendar


Implementing Tobacco Use Treatment Guidelines in Community Health Centers in Vietnam

This study will test models of care that have promise to increase implementation and dissemination of evidence-based tobacco use treatment in health care systems in South East Asian countries and the U.S.


AR160040 (Jiang, N.) -  06/01/2016-05/31/2017                                                                      

Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health                                                                                                                         

Electronic cigarettes and waterpipe use among young adults in Hong Kong

This project aimed to assess young adults’ perceptions and usage patterns of electronic cigarettes and waterpipe, exposure to tobacco marketing, and attitudes toward electronic cigarette and waterpipe regulations in Hong Kong.


Seed Funding Programme (Jiang, N.) -  06/01/2016-05/31/2017                                                                      

University of Hong Kong                                                                                                                                                                                            

Perceptions of electronic cigarettes and waterpipe among adults in Hong Kong

This project aimed to explore the perceptions and experience related to electronic cigarette and waterpipe use among Hong Kong adults.


Seed Funding Programme (Jiang, N.) -  01/01/2015-04/30/2016                                                                      

University of Hong Kong                                                                                                                                                                                            

E-cigarette use and perceptions among adults: In-person interviews among current and former smokers

This study aimed to explore the perceptions and use of e-cigarettes among adults in mainland China.  


General Award (Lam, T.H.) -  08/2014-02/2017                                                                                            

The Government of Hong Kong Tobacco Control Office                                                                                                     

Brief Tobacco Cessation Intervention and Smoking Cessation Evaluation Project

This project aimed to assess the effect of physicians’ very brief smoking cessation advice among outpatient smokers in China.




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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

PhD from Indiana University

University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Jiang, Nan; Siman, Nina; Cleland, Charles M; VanDevanter, Nancy; Nguyen, Trang; Nguyen, Nam; Shelley, Donna

Nicotine & tobacco research. 2018 Oct 17;

Jiang, Nan; Thorpe, Lorna; Kaplan, Sue; Shelley, Donna

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2018 09 20; 15(10):

Blechter, Batel; Jiang, Nan; Cleland, Charles; Berry, Carolyn; Ogedegbe, Olugbenga; Shelley, Donna

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM. 2018 Jul-Aug; 31(4):529-536

Shelley, Donna; Blechter, Batel; Siman, Nina; Jiang, Nan; Cleland, Charles; Ogedegbe, Gbenga; Williams, Stephen; Wu, Winfred; Rogers, Erin; Berry, Carolyn

Annals of family medicine. 2018 Apr; 16(Suppl 1):S21-S28

Lam, T-H; He, Y.; Jiang, C. Q.; Cheung, Y. T. D.; Ho, S. Y.; Li, H. C. W.; Cheng, K. K.; Jiang, Nan; Su, Shenghua; Tang, Y.; Yang, Yan; Jiang, Yuan; Zhu, Weihua; Lin, Peiru

Tobacco induced diseases. 2018; 16:332-332

Jiang, N.; Cleland, C.; Wang, M. P.; Kwong, A.; Lai, V.; Lam, T. H.

Tobacco induced diseases. 2018; 16:105-105

Cheung, Yee Tak Derek; Wang, Man Ping; Ho, Sai Yin; Jiang, Nan; Kwong, Antonio; Lai, Vienna; Lam, Tai Hing

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2017 06 30; 14(7):

Jiang, Nan; Gonzalez, Mariaelena; Ling, Pamela M; Young-Wolff, Kelly C; Glantz, Stanton A

International journal of environmental research & public health. 2017 04 13; 14(4):