Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology




Tobacco Control and Chronic Disease


Dr. Wasim Maziak is both professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology. He is also the founder and director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, a pioneer research and capacity-building institution in the Middle East.

He has extensive experience in tobacco control research and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, including contributions in Science, Lancet, Nature, and British Medical Journal. His current (2017) h-index is 47, and i10-index is 117 (Google Scholar). He is a leader on waterpipe (hookah) research, and his work in this field has been instrumental to putting this emerging threat to global health on the international public health radar. Dr. Maziak has been continuously funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001.


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. For more information please see : http://news.fiu.edu/2017/05/stempel-college-unveils-first-clinical-research-lab-for-hookah-smoking-in-south-florida/111612


  • National Heart & Lung Institute, Postdoctoral training
  • Emory University, HH Humphrey Fellow
  • Institute Epidemiology-Social Medicine, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship
  • Kiev Medical Institute, Kiev, Ukraine, Ph.D.
  • Aleppo School of Medicine, MD


Maziak W. Cutting collaborations will not put ‘America first’. Nature 2017 Apr 11;544(7649):139.

El Dib R, Suzumura EA, Akl EA, Gomaa H, Agarwal A, Chang Y, Prasad M, Ashoorion V, Heels-Ansdell D, Maziak W, Guyatt G. Electronic nicotine delivery systems and/or electronic non-nicotine delivery systems for tobacco smoking cessation or reduction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2017 Feb 23;7(2):e012680.

Maziak W. Science, modernity and the Muslim world. EMBO Reports, Jan, 2017.

Aziz M, Osondu CU, Younus A, Malik R, Rouseff M, Das S, Guzman H, Maziak W, Virani S, Feldman T, Agatston AS, Veledar E, Aneni EC, Nasir K. The Association of Sleep Duration and Morbid Obesity in a Working Population: The Baptist Health South Florida Employee Study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2016 Dec 27.

Jaber R, Taleb ZB, Bahelah R, Madhivanan P, Maziak W. Perception, intention and attempts to quit smoking among Jordanian adolescents from the Irbid Longitudinal Study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2016 Dec;20(12):1689-1694.

Salloum RG, Thrasher JF, Getz KR, Barnett TE, Asfar T, Maziak W. Patterns of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Among U.S. Young Adults, 2013-2014. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Nov 24. pii: S0749-

Chapman S, Daube M, Maziak W. Should e-cigarette use be permitted in smoke-free public places? No. Tob Control. 2016 Nov 7.

Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Ward KD, Fouad FM, Eissenberg T, Ben Taleb Z, Jaber R, Osibogun O, Maziak W. Correlates of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers. Drug Alcohol Depend 2016 Sep 29;168:230-238.

Maziak W, Ben Taleb Z. Eurobarometer survey and e-cigarettes: unsubstantiated claims. Addiction. 2016 Sep 21. doi: 10.1111/add.13586.

Ben Taleb Z, Ward KD, Asfar T, Jaber R, Bahelah R, Maziak W. Smoking Cessation and Changes in Body Mass Index: Findings From the First Randomized Cessation Trial in a Low-Income Country Setting. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Sep 9.

Asfar T, Ward KD, Al-Ali R, Maziak W. Building Evidence-Based Tobacco Treatment in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Lessons Learned by the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies. J Smok Cessat. 2016 Jun;11(2):116-123. Epub 2016 Mar 14.

Salloum RG, Asfar T, Maziak W. Towards a regulatory framework for the waterpipe. Am J Public Health, 2016.

Maziak W, Ben Taleb Z, Jawad M, Afifi R, Nakkash R, Akl EA, Ward KD, Salloum RG, Barnett TE, Primack BA, Sherman S, Cobb CO, Sutfin EL, Eissenberg T; Expert Panel on Waterpipe Assessment in Epidemiological Studies. Consensus statement on assessment of waterpipe smoking in epidemiological studies. Tob Control. 2016 May 10.

Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Fouad FM, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Early symptoms of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers. Tob Control. 2016 Apr 25.

Ben Taleb Z, Ward KD, Asfar T, Jaber R, Auf R, Maziak W. Predictors of nicotine withdrawal symptoms: findings from the first randomized smoking cessation trial in a low-income country setting. Int J Public Health. 2016 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Younus A, Aneni EC, Spatz ES, Osondu CU, Roberson L, Ogunmoroti O, Malik R, Ali SS, Aziz M, Feldman T, Virani SS, Maziak W, Agatston AS, Veledar E, Nasir K. A Systematic Review of the Prevalence and Outcomes of Ideal Cardiovascular Health in US and Non-US Populations. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 May;91(5):649-70. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.01.019. Epub 2016 Mar 31. Review.

Islam F, Salloum RG, Nakkash R, Maziak W, Thrasher JF. Effectiveness of health warnings for waterpipe tobacco smoking among college students. Int J Public Health. 2016 Mar 14.

Salloum RG, Haider, MR, Barnett TE, Guo Y, Getz KR, Thrasher JF, & Maziak W. Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking and Susceptibility to Cigarette Smoking Among Young Adults in the United States, 2012–2013.Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016 Feb 18;13:E24. http://doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.150505

Dawson CT, Maziak W. Renormalization and Regulation of E-Cigarettes. American Journal of Public Health. 2016 Mar;106(3):569-569

Myers K, Ward KD, Maziak W. Dependence measures based on hookah smokers’ experiences and context are needed. Addiction. 2016 Jan 1. doi: 10.1111/add.13287. [Epub ahead of print]

Critchley J, Capewell S, Flaherty MO, Abu-Rmeileh N, Rastam S, Saidi O, Sözmen K, Shoaibi A, Husseini A, Fouad F, Mansour NB,…. Maziak W,…..& Phillimore P. Contrasting cardiovascular mortality trends in Eastern Mediterranean populations: Contributions from risk factor changes and treatments. International Journal of Cardiology. 2016 Apr 1; 208:150–161

Ogunmoroti O, Utuama O, Spatz ES, Rouseff M, Parris D, Das S, Younus A, Guzman H, Tran T, Agatston A, Feldman T,….Maziak W,…..& Nasir K. Trends in Ideal Cardiovascular Health Metrics Among Employees of a Large Healthcare Organization (from the Baptist Health South Florida Employee Study). The American Journal of Cardiology. 2015 Dec 13.

Maziak W, Jawad M, Jawad S, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Asfar T. Interventions for waterpipe smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Jul 31;7:CD005549.

Ben Taleb Z, Ward KD, Asfar T, Bahelah R, Maziak W. Predictors of adherence to pharmacological and behavioral treatment in a cessation trial among smokers in Aleppo, Syria. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Jun 6. pii: S0376-8716(15)00292-6. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.038. [Epub ahead of print]

Haider MR, Salloum RG, Islam F, Ortiz KS, Kates FR, Maziak W. Factors associated with smoking frequency among current waterpipe smokers in the United States: Findings from the National College Health Assessment II. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 May 21. pii: S0376-8716(15)00251-3.

Younus A, Aneni EC, Spatz ES, Osondu CU, Shaharyar S, Roberson L, Ali SS, Ogunmoroti O, Ahmad R, Post J, Feldman T, Maziak W, Agatston AS, Veledar E, Nasir K. Prevalence of Ideal Cardiovascular Health Among Adults in the United States. J Am Coll Cardiol 2015;66(14):1633-4.

Ramji R, Arnetz J, Nilsson M, Jamil H, Norström F , Maziak W, Wiklund Y, Arnetz B. Determinants of waterpipe use amongst adolescents in Northern Sweden: a survey of use pattern, risk perception, and environmental factors. BMC Res Notes 2015;8:441.

Salloum RG, Maziak W, Hammond D, Nakkash R, Islam F, Cheng X, Thrasher JF. Eliciting preferences for waterpipe tobacco smoking using a discrete choice experiment: implications for product regulation. BMJ Open. 2015 Sep 9;5(9):e009497. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009497.

Kates FR, Salloum RG, Thrasher JF, Islam F, Fleischer NL, Maziak W. Geographic Proximity of Waterpipe Smoking Establishments to Colleges in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep 4.

Jaber R, Madhivanan P, Khader Y, Mzayek F, Ward KD, Maziak W. Predictors of waterpipe smoking progression among youth in Irbid, Jordan: A longitudinal study (2008-2011). Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 May 19. pii: S0376-8716(15)00244-6. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.008.

Ogunmoroti O, Younus A, Rouseff M, Spatz ES, Das S, Parris D, Aneni E, Holzwarth L, Guzman H, Tran T, Roberson L, Ali SS, Agatston A, Maziak W, Feldman T, Veledar E, Nasir K. Assessment of American Heart Association’s Ideal Cardiovascular Health Metrics Among Employees of a Large Healthcare Organization: The Baptist Health South Florida Employee Study. Clin Cardiol. 2015 May 21.

Maziak W. Is uncertainty in complex disease epidemiology resolvable? Emerg Themes Epidemiol 2015 May 9;12:7.

Jaber R, Mzayek F, Madhivanan P, Khader Y, Maziak W. Predictors of Cigarette Smoking Progression Among a School-Based Sample of Adolescents in Irbid, Jordan: A Longitudinal Study (2008-2011). Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 May 8. pii: ntv100.

Maziak W. Rise of waterpipe smoking [Editorial]. BMJ. 2015 Apr 17;350:h1991.

Jaber R, Madhivanan P, Veledar E, Khader Y, Mzayek F, Maziak W. Waterpipe a gateway to cigarette smoking initiation among adolescents in Irbid, Jordan: a longitudinal study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2015 Apr;19(4):481-7.

Salloum RG, Thrasher JF, Kates FR, Maziak W. Water pipe tobacco smoking in the United States: Findings from the National Adult Tobacco Survey. Prev Med. 2015 Feb;71:88-93.

Critchley J, Zaman S, Maziak W [Editorial]. MedCHAMPS: mediterranean studies of cardiovascular disease and hyperglycaemia: analytical modelling of population socio-economic transitions. Int J Public Health. 2015 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print].

Maziak W, Taleb ZB, Bahelah R, Islam F, Jaber R, Auf R, Salloum RG. The global epidemiology of waterpipe smoking. Tob Control. 2014 Oct 8. Review.

Sözmen K, Unal B, Saidi O, Romdhane HB, Abu-Rmeileh NM, Husseini A, Fouad F, Maziak W, Bennett K, O’Flaherty M, Capewell S, Critchley J. Cardiovascular risk factor trends in the Eastern Mediterranean region: evidence from four countries is alarming. Int J Public Health. 2014 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print]

McKelvey K, Attonito J, Madhivanan P, Yi Q, Mzayek F, Maziak W. Determinants of Cigarette Smoking Initiation in Jordanian Schoolchildren: Longitudinal Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Aug 20. pii: ntu165. [Epub ahead of print]

Ahmad B, Fouad FM, Elias M, Zaman S, Phillimore P, Maziak W. Health system challenges for the management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes: an empirical qualitative study from Syria. Int J Public Health. 2014 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Ward KD, Ahn S, Mzayek F, Al Ali R, Rastam S, Asfar T, Fouad F, Maziak W. The Relationship Between Waterpipe Smoking and Body Weight: Population-Based Findings From Syria. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014

Maziak W. Harm reduction at the crossroads: the case of e-cigarettes. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Oct;47(4):505-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.022. Epub 2014 Aug 3.

McKelvey K, Attonito J, Madhivanan P, Jaber R, Yi Q, Mzayek F, Maziak W. Determinants of waterpipe smoking initiation among school children in Irbid, Jordan: a 4-year longitudinal analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Sep 1;142:307-13. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.06.038. Epub 2014 Jul 9.

Salloum RG, Osman A, Maziak W, Thrasher JF. How popular is waterpipe tobacco smoking? Findings from internet search queries. Tob Control. 2014 Jul 22. pii: tobaccocontrol-2014-051675.

Taleb ZB, Bahelah R, Fouad FM, Coutts A, Wilcox M, Maziak W. Syria: health in a country undergoing tragic transition. Int J Public Health. 2014 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Wilcox ML, Mason H, Fouad FM, Rastam S, Ali RA, Page TF, Capewell S, O’Flaherty M, Maziak W. Cost-effectiveness analysis of salt reduction policies to reduce coronary heart disease in Syria, 2010-2020. Int J Public Health. 2014 Jun 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Maziak W. The Waterpipe: A New Way of Hooking Youth on Tobacco. The American Journal on Addictions 2014; 23(2): 103-07.

Maziak W. Potential and pitfalls of e-cigarettes [letter]. JAMA. 2014 May 14;311(18):1922.

Sahloul, Z., Coutts, A., Fouad, F. M., Jabri, S., Hallam, R., Azrak, F., & Maziak, W [commentary]. (2014). Health response system for Syria: beyond official narrative. The Lancet. 383(9915):407

Nakkash, R., Afifi, R., Maziak W. (2014). Research and activism for tobacco control in the Arab world [commentary]. The Lancet. 383(9915):392-3.

Asfar, T., Al Ali, R., Rastam, S., Maziak W., Ward, K. D. (2014). Behavioral cessation treatment of waterpipe smoking: The first pilot randomized controlled trial. Addictive Behaviors, 39(6), 1066-1074.

Aneni, E. C., Roberson, L. L., Maziak W., Agatston, A. S., Feldman, T., Rouseff, M., Tran, T.H., Blumenthal, R.S., Blaha, M.J., Blankstein, R., Al-Mallah, M.H., Budoff, M.J., Nasir, K. (2014). A Systematic Review of Internet-Based Worksite Wellness Approaches for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management: Outcomes, Challenges & Opportunities. PloS One, 9(1), e83594.

Roberson, L. L., Aneni, E. C., Maziak W., Agatston, A. A., Feldman, T., Rouseff, M., Tran, T., Blaha, M.J., Santos, R.D., Sposito, A., Al-Mallah, M.H., Blankstein, R., Budoff, M.J., Nasir, K. (2014). Beyond BMI: The “Metabolically healthy obese” phenotype & its association with clinical/subclinical cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality — a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 14.

Mason, H., Shoaibi, A., Ghandour, R., O’Flaherty, M., Capewell, S., Khatib, R., & Husseini, A. MedCHAMPS project team. (2014). A Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Salt Reduction Policies to Reduce Coronary Heart Disease in Four Eastern Mediterranean Countries. PloS One, 9(1), e84445.

Ben Taleb, Z., & Maziak W. (2014). [Letter] Harm reduction and e-cigarettes: not evidence-based. The Lancet Oncology, 14, 1027.

McKelvey KL, Wilcox ML, Madhivanan P, Mzayek F, Khader YS, Maziak W. Time trends of cigarette and waterpipe smoking among a cohort of school children in Irbid, Jordan, 2008-11. Eur J Public Health. 2013 Oct;23(5):862-7.

Phillimore P, Zaman S, Ahmad B, Shoaibi A, Khatib R, Khatib R, Husseini A, Fouad F, Elias M, Maziak W, Tlili F, Tinsa F, Ben Romdhane H, Kılıç B, Kalaça S, Unal B, Critchley J. Health system challenges of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in four Eastern Mediterranean countries. Glob Public Health. 2013;8(8):875-89.

Al Ali R, Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Bazzi A, Fayad S, Shihadeh AL, Zaatari GS, Maziak W. A comparative study of systemic carcinogen exposure in waterpipe smokers, cigarette smokers and non-smokers. Tob Control. 2013 Sep 2.

Maziak W, Nakkash R, Bahelah R, Husseini A, Fanous N, Eissenberg T. Tobacco in the Arab world: old and new epidemics amidst policy paralysis. Health Policy Plan. 2013 Aug 19.

Maziak W, Coutts AP, Fouad FM. Beyond sanctions: a response to Sen et al. J Public Health (Oxf). 2013 Jun;35(2):343-4.[Letter to the Editor]

Al Ali R, Mzayek F, Rastam S, M Fouad F, O Flaherty M, Capewell S, Maziak W. Forecasting future prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus in Syria. BMC Public Health. 2013 May 25;13(1):507.

Maziak W, Coutts A, Fouad F. Looking away does not make things vanish. Indian J Med Ethics 2013;10(2):139. [Letter to the editor]

Coutts A, Stuckler D, Batniji R, Ismail S, Maziak W, McKee M. The Arab Spring and health: two years on. Int J Health Serv. 2013;43(1):49-60.

Ahmad B, Ryan V, Maziak W, Pless-Mulloli T, White M. The influence of neighbourhood formality status and socio-economic position on self-rated health among adult men and women: a multilevel, cross sectional, population study from Aleppo, Syria. BMC Public Health 2013 Mar 16;13:233.

Bowman S, Unwin N, Critchley J, Capewell S, Husseini A, Maziak W, et al. Use of evidence to support healthy public policy: a policy effectiveness–feasibility loop. Bull World Health Organ 2012;90:847–853.

Maziak W. The waterpipe: an emerging global risk for cancer. Cancer Epidemiol. 2013 Feb;37(1):1-4.

Rastam S, Al Ali R, Maziak W, Mzayek F, M Fouad F, O’flaherty M, Capewell S. Explaining the increase in coronary heart disease mortality in Syria between 1996 and 2006. BMC Public Health 2012;12(1):754.

Ward KD, Asfar T, Al Ali R, Rastam S, Vander Weg MW, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Randomized trial of the effectiveness of combined behavioral/pharmacological smoking cessation treatment in Syrian primary care clinics. Addiction

Mzayek, F., Y. Khader, T. Eissenberg, K. Ward, Maziak W. Patterns of Waterpipe and Cigarette Smoking Initiation in School Children: Irbid Longitudinal Smoking Study. N&TR 2012;14(4):448-54.

Maziak W, Critchley J, Zaman S, Unwin N, Capewell S, Bennett K, Unal B, Husseini A, Romdhane HB, Phillimore P. Mediterranean studies of cardiovascular disease and hyperglycemia: analytical modeling of population socio-economic transitions (MedCHAMPS)-rationale and methods. Int J Public Health 2012 Oct 31.

Jia C, Yu X, Maziak W. Blood/air distribution of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a nationally representative sample. Sci Total Environ 2012;419:225-32.

Maziak W. The Waterpipe: A New Global Threat to CV Health? Global Heart 2012; 7(2): 179-181.

Maziak W. Boosting biomedical research in the Arab world (editorial for inaugural issue]. Avicenna J Med 2011; 1: 2-3.

Maziak W. Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Interventions for waterpipe smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011;(6):CD005549.

Mzayek, F., Y. Khader, T. Eissenberg, K. Ward, Maziak W. Design, Baseline Results of Irbid Longitudinal, School-based Smoking Study. Am J Health Behav 2011; 35(6):746-755.

Al Ali R, Rastam S, Fouad FM, Mzayek F, Maziak W. Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors among adults in Aleppo, Syria. Int J Public Health 2011 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Khalil R, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Comparative Analysis of Waterpipe and Cigarette Suppression of Abstinence and Craving Symptoms. Addictive Behaviors 2011;36(5):555-9.

Maziak W, Rastam S, Shihadeh AL, Bazzi A, Ibrahim I, Zaatari GS, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Nicotine Exposure in Daily Waterpipe Smokers and its Relation to Puff Topography. Addictive Behaviors 2010 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Asfar T, Al-Ali R, Ward KD, Vander Weg MW, Maziak W. Are Primary Health Care Providers Prepared to Implement an Anti-smoking Program in Syria? Patient Education and Counseling 2010 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Maziak W. The global epidemic of waterpipe smoking. Addictive Behaviors 2011; 36(1-2):1-5.

Albache N, Al Ali R, Rastam S, Fouad FM, Mzayek F, Maziak W. Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes in Aleppo, Syria. Journal of Diabetes 2010; 2: 85–91.

Harrabi I, Maaloul J, Gaha R, Kebaili R, Maziak W, Ghannem H. Comparison of cigarette and waterpipe smoking among pupils in the urban area of Sousse, Tunisia. Tunis Med. 2010 Jul; 88(7):470-3. (Reply). Tunis Med 2011;89(5):507-8.

Harrabi I, Maaloul JM, Gaha R, Kebaili R, Maziak W, Ghannem H. Comparison of cigarette and waterpipe smoking among pupils in the urban area of Sousse, Tunisia. Tunis Med 2010;88(7):470-3.

Maziak W. The waterpipe—a global epidemic or a passing fad. Int J Epidemiol 2010;39(3):857-9.

Kilzieh N, Rastam S, Ward KD, Maziak W. Gender, depression and physical impairment: an epidemiologic perspective from Aleppo, Syria. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2010;45(6):595-602.

Cobb C, Ward KD, Maziak W, Shihadeh AL, Eissenberg T. Waterpipe tobacco smoking: an emerging health crisis in the United States. American Journal of Health Behavior 2010;34(3):275-85.

Maziak W, Ward KD. From Health as a Rational Choice to Health as and Affordable Choice. Am J Public Health 2009;99(12):2134-9.

Maziak W. Commentary: Is it light at the end of the tunnel, or another train coming? Concluding comments. Int J Public Health 2009; 54:363–364.

Maziak W. The crisis of health in a crisis-ridden region (Forum). Intern J Public Health 2009; 54(5):349-55.

Salim EI, Moore MA, Al-Lawati JA, Al-Sayyad J, Bazawir A, Bener A, Corbex M, El-Saghir N, Habib OS, Maziak W, Mokhtar HC, Seif-Eldrin IA, Sobue T. Cancer epidemiology and control in the Arab world – past, present and future. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2009;10(1):3-16.

Maziak W, Rastam S, Ward KD, Shihadeh AL, Eissenberg T. CO exposure, Puff Topography, and Subjective Effects in Waterpipe Tobacco Smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2009;11(7):806-11.

Maziak W. Epidemiology between Astronomy and Astrology. Intern J Epidemiol 2009: 38(2):393-402.

Maziak W. The Triumph of the null hypothesis: epidemiology in an age of change. Intern J Epidemiol 2009: 38(2):393-402.

Kim S, Wipfli H, Navas-Acien A, Dominici F, Avila-Tang E, Onicescu G, Breysse P, Samet JM; FAMRI Homes Study Investigators. Determinants of hair nicotine concentrations in nonsmoking women and children: a multicountry study of secondhand smoke exposure in homes. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(12):3407-14.

Maziak W. The waterpipe: time for action. Addiction 2008;103: 1763-67.

Maziak W. Are premature public health statements warranted? Aust N Z J Pub Health 2008;32:490.

Almerie MQ, Matar HE, Salam M, Morad A, Abdelal M, Maziak W. Cigarettes & waterpipe smoking among medical students in Syria: a cross-sectional study. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2008;12(9):1085-91.

Eissenberg T, Ward KD, Smith-Simone S, Maziak W. Waterpipe tobacco smoking on a U.S. College campus: prevalence and correlates. J Adolesc Health 2008;42(5):526-9.

Maziak W. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels in hookah smokers, cigarette smokers and non-smokers–a comment. J Pak Med Assoc 2008r;58(3):155.

Kilzieh N, Rastam S, Maziak W, Ward KD. Comorbidity of depression with chronic diseases: a population-based study in Aleppo, Syria. Int J Psychiatry Med 2008;38(2):169-84.

Maziak W, Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Waterpipe Associated Particulate Matter Emissions. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2008; 10(3): 1-5.

Wipfli H et al on behalf of Famri Homes Study Investigators. Secondhand smoke exposure among women and children: evidence from 31 countries. Am J Public Health 2008;98(4):672-9.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Stockton MB. Childhood obesity: are we missing the big picture? Obesity Reviews 2008; 9:35-42.

Maziak W, Al Ali R, Fouad MF, Rastam S, Wipfli H, Travers MJ, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and in public places in Syria: a developing country’s perspective. Inhalation Toxicology 2008: 20: 17-24.

Smith-Simone SY,Maziak W, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Waterpipe tobacco smoking: knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behavior in two U.S. samples. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2008;10: 393–398.

Hammal F, Mock J, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. A pleasure among friends: how narghile (waterpipe) smoking differs from cigarette smoking in Syria. Tobacco Control 2008;17(2):e3.

Maziak W. Shattuck Lecture: improving American health. N Engl J Med 2007;357(23):2405-6.

Maziak W. Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Interventions for waterpipe smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007;(4):CD005549.

Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Gray JN, Srinivas V, Maziak W. Characteristics of U.S. waterpipe users: A preliminary report. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2007: 9(12): 1339-46.

Asfar T, Vander Weg M, Maziak W, Hammal F. Eissenberg T, Ward KD. Outcomes and adherence in Syria’s first smoking cessation trial. Am J Health Behav 2008;32(2):146-156.

Maziak W, Rastam S, Mzayek F, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Kei, U. Cardiovascular health among adults in Syria: a model from developing countries. Annals of Epidemiology 2007;17(9):713-20.

Asfar T, Ahmad B, Rastam S, Mulloli TP, Ward KD, Maziak W. Self-rated health and its determinants among adults in Syria: a model from the Middle East. BMC Public Health 2007;7:177.

Maziak W. Health in the Middle East [Editorial]. British Medical Journal 2006; 333: 815-16.

Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Rastam S, Asfar T, Mzayek F, Fouad MF, Hammal F, Mock J, Maziak W. The tobacco epidemic in Syria. Tobacco Control 2006; 15 (supp):24-29.

Fouad M, Rastam S, Ward K, Maziak W. Prevalence of obesity and its associated factors in Aleppo, Syria. Prev Control 2006;2(2):85-94.

Maziak W, et al. On the gains of seeding tobacco research in developing countries [Editorial]. Tobacco Control 2006; 15 (supp):3-4.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Measuring exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS): A developing country’s perspective. Preventive Medicine 2006; 42(6):409-14.

Maziak W. On the Verge of Avalanche [Editorial]. Leonardo 2006; 39(2):39.

Maziak W, Nakkash R, et al. Lebanon: young stars turned to smoke. Tob Control 2006;15(2):80-1.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Rastam S. Injuries in Aleppo, Syria; first population-based estimates and characterization of predominant types. BMC Public Health 2006;6(1):63.

Maziak W, Keil U. Asthma and allergies in Germany. Thorax 2006;61(3):274.

Maziak W, Ward K, et al. Mapping the health and environmental situation in informal zones in Aleppo, Syria. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2005;78:547-58.

Maziak W. Science in the Arab world: vision of glories beyond. SCIENCE 2005;308(5727):1416-8.

Maziak W. The asthma epidemic and our artificial habitats. BMC Pulm Med 2005;5(1):5.

Maziak W, Wipfli H. Research Assistance Matching (RAM) Project. Tob Control 2005;14(3):151.

Ward KD, Hammal F, VanderWeg MW, Eissenberg T, Asfar T, Rastam S, Maziak W. Are waterpipe users interested in quitting? Nicotine Tob Res 2005;7(1):149-56.

Maziak W, Eissenberg T, Ward KD. Patterns of waterpipe use and dependence: implications for intervention development. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 2005;80(1):173-9.

Hammal F, Mock J, Ward KD, Fouad MF, Beech BM, Maziak W. Settling with danger: conditions and health problems in peri-urban neighbourhoods in Aleppo, Syria. Envir & Urbanization 2005;17:113-26.

Maziak W, Tabbah K. Smoking among adults in Syria: proxy reporting by 13-14 year olds. Public Health 2005;119(7):578-81.

Behrens T, Maziak W, Weiland SK, et al. The use of synthetic bedding in children. Do strategies of change influence associations with asthma? J Asthma 2005;42(3):203-6.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Afifi Soweid RA, Eissenberg T. Standardizing questionnaire items for the assessment of waterpipe tobacco use in epidemiological studies. Public Health 2005;119(5):400-4.

Behrens T, Maziak W, et al. Symptoms of asthma and the home environment. The ISAAC I and III cross-sectional surveys in Munster, Germany. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2005;137(1):53-61.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Rastam S, et al. Extent of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and its dose-response relation to respiratory health among adults. Respir Res 2005;6(1):13.

Asfar T, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Comparison of patterns of use, beliefs, and attitudes related to waterpipe between beginning and established smokers. BMC Pub Health 2005;5(1):19.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Factors related to frequency of narghile (waterpipe) use: the first insights on tobacco dependence in narghile users. Drug Alcohol Dependence 2004; 76:101-6

Maziak W, Ward KD, Afifi Soweid RA, Eissenberg T. Tobacco smoking using a waterpipe: a re-emerging strain in a global epidemic. Tob Control 2004;13(4):327-33.

Maziak W, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, et al. The Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies: a model of international partnership for the creation of sustainable research capacity in developing countries. Promot Educ 2004;11: 93-7.

Maziak W, Eissenberg T, Rastam S, et al. Beliefs and attitudes related to narghile (waterpipe) smoking among university students in Syria. Ann Epidemiol 2004;14(9):646-654.

Maziak W, Fouad FM, Asfar T, et al. Prevalence and characteristics of narghile smoking among university students in Syria. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2004;8(7):882-9.

Rastam S, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Estimating the beginning of the waterpipe epidemic in Syria. BMC Public Health 2004, 4:32

Maziak W, Hammal F, Rastam S, Asfar T, Eissenberg T, Bachir ME, Fouad MF, Ward KD. Characteristics of cigarette smoking and quitting among university students in Syria. Prev Med 2004;39(2):330-6.

Maziak W, Rastam S, Eissenberg T, Asfar T, Hammal F, Bachir ME, Fouad MF, Ward KD. Gender and smoking status-based analysis of views regarding waterpipe and cigarette smoking in Aleppo, Syria. Prev Med 2004;38(4):479-84.

Behrens T, Taeger D, Maziak W, et al. Self-reported traffic density and atopic disease in children. Results of the ISAAC Phase III survey in Muenster, Germany. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2004;15(4):331-9.

Maziak W, von Mutius E, Keil U, et al. Predictors of health care utilization of children with asthma in the community. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2004;15(2):166-71.

Maziak W, Eissenberg T, Klesges RC, Keil U, Ward KD. Adapting Smoking Cessation Interventions for Developing Countries: A Model for the Middle East. Int J Tub Lung Dis 2004; 8: 403-13.

Bolte G, Schmidt M, Maziak W, et al. The relation of markers of fetal growth with asthma, allergies and serum immunoglobulin E levels in children at age 5-7 years. Clin Exp Allergy 2004; 34:381-8.

Maziak W. Geography of biomedical publications. Lancet 2004;363:489-90.

Maziak W. Endotoxin and asthma. New England Journal of Medicine 2003, 348 (2): 171-72.

Maziak W, Rzehak P, Keil U, Weiland SK. Smoking among adolescents in Muenster-Germany (1995-2000): increase in prevalence and relation to tobacco advertising. Prev Med 2003;36:172-76.

Maziak W, Behrens T, Brasky TM, et al. Are asthma and allergies in children and adolescents increasing? Results from ISAAC phase I and phase III surveys in Munster, Germany. Allergy 2003;58(7):572-579.

Maziak W, Asfar T. Physical abuse in low-income women in Aleppo, Syria. Health Care Women Int 2003;24(4):313-26.

Maziak W. The Th1-Th2 paradigm and asthma: how far should we go? J Asthma 2003;40:201-5.

Maziak W. Smoking in Syria: Profile of an Arab Developing Country. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2002; 6(3): 183-91.

Maziak W, Hense HW, Döring A, Keil U. Ten-year trends in smoking behaviour among adults in southern Germany. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2002; 6(9): 824-830.

Maziak W, Asfar T, Mock J. Why most women in Syria don’t smoke; Can the passive barrier of traditions be replaced with information-based one?. Public Health 2003; 117: 237-241.

Maziak W, Keil U, Doring A, Hense HW. Determinants of poor hypertension management in the community. J Hum Hypertens 2003;17(3):215-7.

Maziak W, E von Mutius, T Hirsch, W Leupold, C Beimfohr, U Keil, SK Weiland. The Management of Childhood Asthma in the Community. European Respiratory Journal 2002; 20(6):1476-82.

Maziak W. Asthma and the exposure-disease tenet. J Clin Epidemiol 2002;55 (8):737-40.

Maziak W. Asthma and farming. Lancet 2002; 359: 623-24.

Maziak W. Violence against women; a Middle Eastern perspective. Lancet 2002; 360: 343-4.

Mzayek F, Asfar T, Rastam S, Maziak W. Neoplastic diseases in Aleppo, Syria. Eur J Cancer Prev 2002;11(5):503-7.

Maziak W, Asfar T, Kilzieh N, Mzayek F, Fouad M F. Socio-Demographic Correlates of Psychiatric Morbidity among Low-income Women in Aleppo-Syria. Soc Sci & Medicine 2002; 54(9): 1419-27.

Hense HW, Maziak W, Heidrich J. Why is blood pressure control unsatisfactory–or is it?
Nephrol Dial Transplant 2002;17(9):1547-50.

Maziak W. The Hygiene Hypothesis and the Evolutionary Perspective of Health. Prev Med 2002;35:415-18.

Maziak W, Asfar T, Mzayek F. Socio-Demographic Determinants of Smoking among Low-Income Women in Aleppo, Syria. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2001;5(4):307-12.

Beimfohr C, Maziak W, von Mutius E, et al. The use of anti-asthmatic drugs in children: results of a community-based survey in Germany. Pharmacoepidemiology Drug Safety 2001;10:315-321.

Maziak W, Mzayek F. Characterization of the smoking habits among high school students in Syria. European Journal of Epidemiology 2000; 17: 1169-1176.

Maziak W, Mzayek F, Al Moushareff M. Smoking behavior among schoolteachers in the north of the Syrian Arab Republic. East Mediterr Health J 2000;6(2,3): 352-58.

Maziak W, Mzayek F, Devereaux AV. The dynamics of cigarette smoking during military service in Syria. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2001;5(3):292-6.

Maziak W. Global health research. Science aid programme could be set up to help researchers in developing countries. BMJ 2001;322(7279):173.

Maziak W, Mzayek F. The Dynamics of tobacco smoking among male educated youths in Aleppo-Syria. European Journal of Epidemiology 2000;16:769-772.

Maziak W Fatal physical child abuse in two children of a family. Ann Saudi Med 2000;20(2):178-9.

Maziak W, Mzayek F, al-Musharref M. Effects of environmental tobacco smoke on the health of children in the Syrian Arab Republic. East Mediterr Health J 1999;5(4):690-7.

Culpitt SV, Maziak W, Loukidis S et al. Effect of high dose inhaled steroid on cells, cytokines, and proteases in induced sputum in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1999;160(5 Pt 1):1635-9.

Maziak W, Mzayek F, Asfar T, Hassig SE. Smoking among physicians in Syria: Do as I say, not as I do! Ann Saudi Med 1999;19(3):253-6.

Maziak W, Mzayek F. Evaluation of mail survey for the assessment of tobacco use among adults in Aleppo, Syria. Saud Med J 1999; 20: 224–227.

Jatakanon A, Uasuf C, Maziak W, Lim S, Chung KF, Barnes PJ. Neutrophilic inflammation in severe persistent asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1999;160(5 Pt 1):1532-9.

Maziak W, Loukides S, Culpitt S, Sullivan P, Kharitonov SA, Barnes PJ. Exhaled nitric oxide in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1998;157(3 Pt 1):998-1002.

Maziak W. Sputum differential cell counts. Thorax 1997;52(5):494.

Research Support (Ongoing or Completed During the Last 5 Years)

R01 DA042477                                                           Maziak-PI                    07/01/2016-06/30/2019                      NIH/FDA                                        

Title: Understanding tobacco flavor effects on waterpipe smokers’ experiences and exposures

This project addresses the need for evidence about the effect of flavoring manipulation on waterpipe smokers’ satisfaction, dependence, harm   perception, and toxicants exposure in order to inform flavor-based product regulation by the FDA.

R01 DA035160                                                           Maziak-PI                                SEP 2013-2017


Advancing addiction research and capacity to guide tobacco control in the Eastern Mediterranean. This application aims at studying the natural history of dependence development in young waterpipe smokers, in order to guide the development of effective interventions to curb the global waterpipe epidemic (1,500,000 total direct cost). Funded 2013-2017.

R01 DA024876                                                           Maziak-PI                                Sep 2007-2013

Responding to the changing tobacco epidemic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (total $1.7 million).

This grant seeks to support the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies to further study tobacco use patterns and potential solutions in the Middle east, and to help Syria and other countries in the Middle East meet their policy obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

RESCAP-Med                                    Maziak, site-PI (SCTS)                       2013-2015

NCDs and their social determinants in Mediterranean partner countries: building sustainable research capacity for effective policy intervention.

The main purpose of this project is to enhance the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) research landscape in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries by (a) strengthening capacity in a set of disciplines most relevant to improving public health and reducing health inequalities, (b) enhancing networking, cooperation, and coordination between researchers in the Mediterranean region.  (Total 2,000,000 €, 2013-2015).

Pending (under review):

R01 (Program TOBAC): Translating evidence and building capacity to support waterpipe control in the Eastern Mediterranean                             Maziak Wasim (PI), submitted on Oct 13, 2016 (scored 10, pending)

P20: GRANT12234326 Eastern Mediterranean Center of Research Excellence in Non-Communicable Disease (EM-CRC-NCD), Afifi Rima, and Maziak Wasim (MPI). Received fundable score of 21 (recommended for funding).