Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
My research examines how to provide accurate information to the public that discourages youth from starting smoking and supports current smokers in their efforts to quit. I am currently designing a FDA website that provides information about the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke. I am also studying “natural” cigarette marketing claims and working as part of a cross-TCORS effort to improve communications to vulnerable populations. Additionally, I am interested in developing communications about reduced nicotine cigarettes. Before my fellowship at UNC, I conducted research at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and the Truth Initiative, investigating novel nicotine products and disparities in tobacco product use. I have also conducted research on improving implementation of tobacco policies in Indonesia and am continuing to develop my international work.
Publications on Tobacco Control
- Lazard AJ, Schmidt A, Vu H, Byron MJ, Peters E, Boynton MH, Brewer NT. Icons for health effects of cigarette smoke: A test of semiotic type. J Behav Med. Published online first: February 20, 2017.
- Berman ML, Byron MJ, Hemmerich N., Lindblom EN, Lazard AJ, Peters E, Brewer NT. Communicating tobacco product information to the public. Food Drug Law J. In press.
- Morgan JC, Byron MJ, Baig SA, Stepanov I, Brewer NT. How people think about the chemicals in cigarette smoke: A systematic review. J Behav Med. Published online first: February 21, 2017.
- Pepper JK, Byron MJ, Ribisl KR, Brewer NT. How hearing about harmful chemicals affects smokers’ interest in dual use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Prev Med 2017; 96, 144–148.
- Byron MJ, Cohen JE, Frattaroli S, Gittelsohn J, Jernigan DH. Using the theory of normative social behavior to understand low compliance with smoke-free laws in a middle-income country. Health Educ Res 2016; 31(6), 738-748.
- Brewer NT, Morgan JC, Baig SA, Mendel JR, Boynton MH, Pepper JK, Byron MJ, Noar SM, Agans RP, Ribisl KM. Public understanding of cigarette smoke constituents: Three United States surveys. Tob Control. Published online first: December 6, 2016.
- Baig SA, Byron MJ, Boynton MH, Brewer NT, Ribisl KM. Communicating about cigarette smoke constituents: An experimental comparison of two messaging strategies. J Behav Med 2016; 40, 352–359.
- Luntungan NHW, Byron MJ, Hovell MF, Rosen LD, Anggraini A. Rees VW. Children’s exposure to secondhand smoke during Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia. Int J Environ Res Pub Health, 2016; 13(10), 952.
- Peebles K, Hall MG, Pepper JK, Byron MJ, Noar SM, Brewer NT. Adolescents’ responses to pictorial warnings on their parents’ cigarette packs. J Adolesc Health 2016; 59, 635-641.
- Byron MJ, Baig SA, Moracco KE, Brewer NT. Adolescents’ and adults’ perceptions of ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘additive-free’ cigarettes, and the required disclaimers. Tobacco Control. Published online first: 1 December 2015.
- Byron MJ, Cohen JE, Gittelsohn J, Frattaroli S, Nuryunawati R, Jernigan DH. The influence of religious organizations’ statements on compliance with a smoke-free law in Bogor, Indonesia: A qualitative study. BMJ Open 2015; 5:e008111.
- Byron MJ, Suhadi DR, Hepp LM, Avila-Tang E, Yang J, Asiani G, Rubaeah, Tamplin SA, Bam TS, Cohen JE. Secondhand tobacco smoke in public venues in three Indonesian cities. Med J Indones. 2013 Nov;22(4):232-7.
- Milam AJ, Bone LR, Byron MJ, Hoke K, Williams CD, Furr-Holden CDM., Stillman FA. Cigarillo use among high-risk urban young adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov;24(4):1657-65.
- Cobb NK, Graham AL, Byron MJ, Niaura RS, Abrams DB, Workshop Participants. Online social networks and smoking cessation: a scientific research agenda. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Dec 19;13(4):e119.
- Cullen J, Mowery P, Delnevo C, Allen JA, Sokol N, Byron MJ, Thornton-Bullock A. Seven-year patterns in US cigar use epidemiology among young adults aged 18-25 years: a focus on race/ethnicity and brand. Am J Public Health. 2011 Oct;101(10):1955-62.
- Cobb NK, Byron MJ, Abrams DB, Shields PG. Novel nicotine delivery systems and public health: the rise of the “e-cigarette.” Am J Public Health. 2010 Dec;100(12):2340-2.
- Byron MJ, Cobb NK. Concerns about a meta-analysis of computer smoking cessation programs. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Oct 26;169(19):1814; author reply 1814-5.
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