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Grand Rounds in Population and Public Health Sciences with Prabhat Jha, MD, DPhil

January 29 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Open to the USC community and general public

The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences, in partnership with the USC Institute for Addiction Science, the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, and the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, presents:

“Death and Taxes: A Global and U.S. Perspective on the Hazards of Smoking, the Benefits of Tobacco Taxation, and the Influence of Education”

with Prabhat Jha, MD, DPhil

Professor Prabhat Jha is Endowed Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a former Rhodes Scholar, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the recipient of many awards. Jha founded and directs the Centre for Global Health Research at Unity Health Toronto. 

In this event, Jha will provide an overview of his 25+ years of work on trends in the global impacts of smoking on health and the benefits of tobacco taxation. Included will be a recent analysis of survival following cessation of smoking using four national health cohorts in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway and Canada (1.48 million adults, 15 year follow up, 122,697 deaths), and a recent analysis of the relative contribution of smoking-attributable diseases and opioid poisoning, cirrhosis, and external causes (OCE) to the stagnation of survival among white people in the United States of different education levels. Jha and panelists will discuss this work and its implications for public health interventions and policy. 



Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD

Flora L. Thornton Chair of Population and Public Health Sciences

Keck School of Medicine


Adam Leventhal, PhD

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

Director, Institute for Addiction Science

Heather Wipfli, PhD

Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences

Director, Undergraduate programs

Keck School of Medicine


Contact Carolyn Barnes at cebarnes@usc.edu with questions.