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 TobaccoContributions 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.
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.
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
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.INACTIVE
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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
PhD from Indiana University
University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
Annals of family medicine. 2018 Apr; 16(Suppl 1):S21-S28
TOBACCO INDUCED DISEASES. 2018; 16:332-332
TOBACCO INDUCED DISEASES. 2018; 16:105-105
International journal of environmental research & public health. 2017 Jun 30; 14(7):
International journal of environmental research & public health. 2017 Apr 13; 14(4):
Using practice facilitation in primary care settings to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease: Physicians' burnout analysis [Meeting Abstract]
Journal of general internal medicine. 2017 April; (40th):S371
Tobacco control. 2017 Mar; 26(2):230-232
Addictive behaviors. 2017 Jan; 64:123-128