• Wasim Maziak is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University. He is the founder and director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (, a pioneer research and capacity building institution in the Middle East. Dr. Maziak has extensive experience in tobacco control research and has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific reports, including contributions in Science, Nature, Lancet, and British Medical Journal. His focus has been on emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookah (Waterpipe), especially risk communication strategies targeting young users. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 for tobacco control research.

    Dr. Maziak’s Clinical Research Laboratory is located at the Academic Health Center 5. This state-of-the-art facility has been designed to serve as Florida International University’s dedicated smoking clinical research laboratory. Fully equipped with independent smoking and reception areas that are isolated from each other, the lab also features five computer stations, blood drawing and specimen processing areas, fully furnished physical examination station, physical signs monitoring equipment, subjective measures assessment capability, and the latest in smoking topography technology.

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  • Tobacco Control and Chronic Disease

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  • Wasim Maziak