Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

David L. Ashley, PhD

  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1982
  • Captain, United States Public Health Service
  • Research Scientist, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1983-1988
  • Chief, Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1998
  • Directs a branch of 70 scientists with a diverse public health mission
  • Extensive research experience related to biomarkers of exposure of environmental toxic agents, particularly volatile organic compounds
  • Published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to biomarkers of exposure and the constituents of tobacco and tobacco smoke
  • Presented extensively at scientific meetings on the chemistry of tobacco and tobacco smoke and biomarkers of exposure
  • Contributing Author for the upcoming Surgeon General's Report entitled How Tobacco Causes Disease--The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Tobacco-Attributable Disease

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