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John S. Pierce

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John S. Pierce

Professor/Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center
University of California, San Diego
cancer prevention and control
California Tobacco Control Program
tobacco advertising and adolescent smoking
telephone counseling to help smokers quit


John P. Pierce is associate director of cancer prevention and control at the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center. An award-winning researcher, Pierce defined U.S. smoking trends in a 1989 series of papers in the Journal of the American Medical Association, forming the basis for the year 2000 goals for the nation for tobacco. He is recognized for evaluating the effectiveness of the California Tobacco Control Program, for linking tobacco advertising to adolescent smoking, and for using telephone counseling methodology to help smokers quit. Pierce is also founding chief of the epidemiology branch of the Office on Smoking and Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 185 papers on cancer prevention and control, and has been cited by other scientists over 1,500 times.

Moores UCSD Cancer Center
9500 Gilman Drive #0901
La Jolla  California  92093
United States
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(858) 822-2399


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