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The Tobacco Portal is a resource center providing links to tobacco related data, reports, scientific information and publications. The Tobacco Portal organizes publicly available tobacco information into one location and categorizes resources that are useful for researchers and tobacco control experts.

The Tobacco Portal was created by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. The idea to create a Tobacco Portal was born when Dr. Michael Eriksen and Carrie Whitney, MPH were conducting research for the fourth edition of The Tobacco Atlas. During the process of researching and writing The Tobacco Atlas, they identified the need for a single location of resources for tobacco researchers to access organized, credible data and resources on tobacco related topics. The researchers at the School of Public Health will continue to maintain and update the Tobacco Portal and welcome your comments and feedback.


Tobacco Portal Researchers:

Michael Eriksen, Sc.D.

Dean_EriksenDr. Michael Eriksen is the Dean of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also director of Georgia State University’s Partnership for Urban Health Research and Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. Prior to his current position, Dr. Eriksen served as a senior adviser to the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the longest-serving director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (1992–2000). Previously, Dr. Eriksen was director of behavioral research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has recently served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC Foundation.

Dr. Eriksen has published extensively on tobacco prevention and control and is lead author on the fourth edition of The Tobacco Atlas. Dr. Eriksen has served as an expert witness of behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in litigation against the tobacco industry. He is editor in chief of Health Education Research and has been designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health and a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, awarded by President Bill Clinton. He is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, and has been a member of the American Public Health Association for over thirty-five years.

Dean Eriksen regularly gives presentations and speeches on the topic of tobacco. His most recent presentations, along with others from faculty in the School of Public Health, are available here. These presentations have been given around the world including Brazil, Sweden, China, and the U.S. Dr. Eriksen’s presentations cover topics of global tobacco control, smoke free hospitality, nicotine addiction and novel nicotine products.


Carrie Whitney, MPH

Carrie Whitney, MPHCarrie Whitney is a Research Specialist for tobacco-control projects in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Carrie worked as the Lead Research Assistant for The Tobacco Atlas, Fourth Edition. The Atlas is a global tobacco-control resource, and Carrie assisted the lead author, Michael Eriksen, with researching, writing and editing the publication that was launched at the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Singapore in March 2012. Carrie’s other tobacco-related projects include coordinating surveys of smoke-free policies in restaurants and bars and use of alternate nicotine delivery systems; as well as co-authoring publications and textbook chapters. Carrie received her MPH from Georgia State University in 2010 with a focus on Health Promotion and Behavior, and in addition has worked on non-profit fundraising and tobacco issues among mental health populations.


Samantha Bourque, MPH Candidate

Samantha Bourque is a Graduate Research Assistant for the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Public Health from the University of Georgia in 2013. Samantha is currently a Masters of Public Health student with interests in epidemiology and tobacco control, and is expected to graduate in 2016.

Special thanks to Rachna Chandora for her efforts in helping launch the Tobacco Portal.






The Tobacco Portal is a public service of Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. The School of Public Health (SPH) at Georgia State University is a research and degree-granting program dedicated to advancing the health of the public through academic endeavors, training, and community service. SPH is a multidisciplinary unit, offering a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD), a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program and Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH).



Georgia Cancer CoalitionGA Cancer CoalitionFunding for the Tobacco Portal was generously provided by the Georgia Cancer Coalition, which became an initiative of the Georgia Research Alliance in January 2012. Funding was provided to Michael Eriksen who received a Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists Award. The mission of the Georgia Cancer Coalition is to reduce the number of cancer deaths in the state. The goals of the Georgia Cancer Coalition are to prevent cancer and detect existing cancers earlier, provide quality care for all Georgians with cancer, establish ongoing, collaborative processes for addressing cancer data and metric issues in Georgia, transform Georgia into a destination site for cancer patients, biotechnology, and biomedical companies in the southeastern United States, and generate a combination of state, federal, and private funds to support the fight against cancer.