Erika Avila-Tang

Erika Avila-Tang

  • Epidemiologist, Institute for Global Tobacco Control

  • Departmental Affiliation(s):

    Epidemiology (Primary)

    Contact Information

    615 N. Wolfe Street
    Baltimore , Maryland   21205



    MHS, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico, 1998
    PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2005


    My main research interest is in the control of tobacco in developing countries. I am particularly interested in exposure to secondhand smoke, thirdhand smoke, and exposure to nicotine from tobacco farming. I am currently working determining the exposure to nicotine in children and families that grow tobacco in Brazil. I also collaborate in studies that measure secondhand exposure in public places in Latin America and Asia. Many of these projects produce evidence for policy development and capacity building.

    Honors and Awards

    2009 Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, Faculty Grant in Global Health 1998-2002 National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), Doctoral scholarship 1998 National Institute of Public Health/School of Public Health Mexico. Honorable mention. MHS with Honors 1997-1998 CONACyT, Master Scholarship 1993-1995 Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Undergraduate Full Scholarship 1993, 1995 CONACyT and the Mexican Academy of Science, Summer in Science Scholarship

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, tobacco, air pollution, children, secondhand smoke exposure, thirdhand smoke, tobacco farming, green tobacco sickness, international tobacco control, policy-relevant research on tobacco


    • Click here for a complete list of Erika Avila-Tang's PubMed citations
    • Ma J, Apelberg B, Avila-Tang E, Yang g, Ma S, Samet J, Stillman F. Workplace Smoking Restrictions in China: Results from a Six-County Survey. Tob Control 2010;19:403-409.
    • Avila-Tang E, Travers MJ, Navas-Acien A. Strategies to Promote and Evaluate Smoke-Free Environments in Latin America:  A comparison of methods to assess secondhand smoke exposure. Salud Publica Mex 2010;52: suppl 2:S138-S148.
    • Apelberg B, Onicescu G, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM. Estimating the Risks and Benefits of Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation in the U.S. Am J Public Health. 2009 Dec 17 [Epub ahead of print].
    • Rudin CM, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM. Lung cancer in never smokers: a call to action. Clin Cancer Res.2009:15:5646-61.