Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Smoking Cessation

Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Committee

Members of USPHS Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Committee

This committee was officially established in August 2013 and was chaired by RADM David Ashley, with LCDR Jonathan Kwan serving as project manager.  They developed a self-nomination process which helped identify 33 Commissioned Corps officers with experience in the research and treatment of tobacco use cessation to participate in the Committee.  Each member was assigned to one of four working groups based on their expertise.  The working groups are outlined below:

  • Survey (led by CAPT Ann Malarcher) – To develop, administer, and analyze data from a brief, anonymous on-line survey instrument directed to all Commissioned Corps Officers to assess the extent of tobacco product use. 
  • Content (led by CDR Megan Wohr) – To develop recommended tools Commissioned Corps officers can use to improve their likelihood of success at tobacco use cessation, including HHS-accepted pharmaceuticals and other therapies which have been scientifically demonstrated to improve the likelihood of successful cessation.
  • Resources (led by CDR Andrew Plummer) –To identify support resources available to Commissioned Corps officers that aid in successful tobacco cessation, including those available from Tricare and elsewhere.
  • Communications (led by CDR Michael Ahmadi) – To disseminate  information containing the tools and support resources that Commissioned Corps officers can use to improve their likelihood of success at tobacco use cessation.   

A special thank you to all the members of the Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Committee

Office of the Surgeon General’s Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation Committee Members

Chair RADM David Ashley
Project Manager LCDR Jonathan Kwan
Survey Working Group WG Lead WG Lead CAPT Ann Malarcher
CAPT Marcella Law
CDR Renee Canady
LCDR Brian Burt
LCDR Kimberly Nguyen
LCDR Lana Rossiter
LT Elliot Klapperich
Content Working Group WG Lead CDR Megan Wohr
CDR Evelyn Blaemire
CDR Jennifer Bodart
CDR Alina Salvatore
LCDR LaMar Henderson
LCDR Michael Kinzer
LCDR LaDonna Lock
LCDR Troy Matthews
LCDR Christopher Smith
Resources Working Group WG Lead CDR Andrew Plummer
CAPT Julia Dunaway
CDR Marisol Martinez
CDR Aaron Middlekauff
LCDR Alexis Beyer
LCDR Jenalyn Greenwood
LCDR Henraya McGruder
LCDR Danielle Mills
LCDR Kyle Sheffer
Communications Working Group WG Lead CDR Michael Ahmadi
CDR Karen Beckham
CDR Stephen Keller
LCDR Jennifer Custodio
LCDR Shane Davis
LCDR Simleen Kaur
LCDR Narcisso Soliz
LT Derek Smith

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