Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Epidemiology


Nicotine Dependence Among Hookah Smokers


Dr. Raed Bahelah received his master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans and his doctorate from Florida International University. His research focuses on nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers. He is also interested in evaluating the impact of tobacco control policies on the reduction of smoking prevalence among youth using national surveys. His expertise includes longitudinal study design and analysis.


  • Florida International University, Ph.D.
  • Tulane University, MPH, TM
  • Aden University, MD




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 2014;29(6):784-94.

Mukherjee S, Pierre-Victor D, Bahelah R, Madhivanan P. Mental health issues among pregnant women in correctional facilities: a systematic review. Women Health 2014;54(8):816-42.

Bahelah R. Letter: Waterpipe tobacco labeling and packaging and World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC): a call for action. Addiction 2014;109(2):333.

Taleb ZB, Bahelah R. Viewpoint: methanol poisoning outbreak in Libya: a need for policy reforms. J Public Health Policy 2014;35(4):489-98.

Pierre-Victor D, Mukherjee S, Bahelah R, Madhivanan P. Human papillomavirus vaccine uptake among males 11-26 years in United States: findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2012. Vaccine 2014;32(49):6655-8.

Ben Taleb Z, Bahelah R, Fouad FM, Coutts A, Wilcox M, Maziak W. Syria: health in a country undergoing tragic transition. Int J Public Health 2015;60 Suppl 1:S63-72.

Maziak W, Taleb ZB, Bahelah R, Islam F, Jaber R, Auf R, Salloum RG. The global epidemiology of waterpipe smoking. Tob Control 2015;24 Suppl 1:i3-i12.

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;153:167-72.

Bahelah SO, Bahelah R, Bahelah M, Albatineh AN. Primary Care Physicians’ Knowledge and Self-perception of Competency in Dermatology: An Evaluation Study from Yemen. Cogent Medicine 2015;2:1119948.

Bahelah, R. Invited commentary: What should national alcohol control policies in majority Muslim countries focus on? Addiction 2016;111(10):1714-5.

Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Fouad FM, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W. Early symptoms of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers. Tob Control 2016;25(e2):e127-e134.

Mukherjee S, Trepka MJ, Pierre-Victor D, Bahelah R, Avent T. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Antenatal Depression in the United States: A Systematic Review. Matern Child Health J 2016;20(9):1780-97.

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;168:230-238.

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; pii: ntw223.

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;20(12):1689-1694.

Bahelah R, DiFranza JR, Ward KD, Fouad FM, Eissenberg T, Ben Taleb Z, Jaber R, Osibogun O, Maziak W. Waterpipe use patterns and symptoms of nicotine dependence among adolescent waterpipe smokers: the WDLY study. Addictive Behaviors.

Under review

Bahelah R, Jaber R, Ben Taleb Z. Curiosity and susceptibility to cigarette smoking among cigarette-naïve, waterpipe smoking US youth: National Youth Tobacco Survey 2014. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Bahelah R. Smokeless tobacco is associated with lower smoking frequency but does not help smokers quit: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2013. Preventing Chronic Disease.