Dr. Mark Travers Mark Travers, PhD, MS

Mark Travers

PhD, MS

About Me

Biography:

Mark Travers is a Research Scientist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mark has degrees in biomedical engineering and epidemiology and has devoted his career to providing the scientific basis for smoke-free air policies by researching exposure to tobacco smoke pollution and evaluating the effects of smoke-free air policies. He has conducted the largest study of tobacco smoke pollution exposure in the hospitality industry and his research has been featured in debates over smoke-free air legislation in dozens of communities. He has worked to provide sound scientific evidence to support smoke-free air policies and effectively communicate this evidence to researchers in a wide range of fields, national, state and local policy makers, the media, local advocacy groups and the lay public.

His current research is in validating the latest methods in air monitoring and integrating them with measurements of biological markers of exposure to tobacco smoke pollution. This research will validate and advance models of secondhand smoke exposure and risk assessment, which will hopefully serve as the new foundation on which secondhand smoke policy decisions are based. Mark and colleagues in the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center are conducting a global air monitoring effort that is currently in over 40 countries around the world measuring exposures to tobacco smoke pollution and informing the debate over smoke-free air policy.  Mark has trained these researchers either in-person or through his website www.tobaccofreeair.org. Mark has also trained and actively collaborated with over 60 partner organizations in 26 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces in measuring tobacco smoke exposures.


Credentials

Positions

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Research Scientist
  • Department of Health Behavior
  • Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences

Publications

Brennan E, Cameron M, Warne C, Durkin S, Borland R, Travers MJ, Hyland A, Wakefield MA. Secondhand smoke drift: examining the influence of indoor smoking bans on indoor and outdoor air quality at pubs and bars. Nicotine and tobacco research 2010; 12(3):271-277

Cameron M, Brennan E, Durkin S, Borland R, Travers MJ, Hyland A, Spittal MJ, Wakefield MA. Secondhand smoke exposure (PM2.5) in outdoor dining areas and its correlates. Tobacco control 2010; 19(1):19-23

King BA, Travers MJ, Cummings KM, Mahoney MC, Hyland AJ. Prevalence and predictors of smoke-free policy implementation and support among owners and managers of multiunit housing. Nicotine and tobacco research2010; 12(2):159-163

Tarnoki DL, Tarnoki AD, Hyland A, Travers MJ, Dobson K, Mechtler L, Cummings KM. Measurement of indoor smoke pollution in public places in Hungary [Zárt közösségi helyek dohányfüst-koncentrációjának mérése Magyarországon]. Orvosi hetilap 2010; 151(6):213-219

Avila-Tang E , Travers MJ , Navas-Acien A. Promoting smoke-free environments in Latin America: a comparison of methods to assess secondhand smoke exposure. Salud publica de Mexico 2010; 52(Suppl. 2):S138-S148

King BA , Travers MJ , Cummings KM , Mahoney MC , Hyland AJ. Secondhand smoke transfer in multiunit housing. Nicotine and tobacco research 2010;12(11):1133-1141

Liu RL , Li Q , Feng GZ , Nan Y , Li L , Hyland A , O'Connor RJ , Fong GT ,Travers MJ , Yang Y , Jiang Y. A cross-sectional study on levels of second-hand smoke in restaurants and bars in five cities in China. Tobacco control2010; 19(Suppl. 2):i24-i29

Schoj V , Sebrie EM , Pizarro ME , Hyland A , Travers MJ. Informing effective smokefree policies in Argentina: air quality monitoring study in 15 cities (2007-2009). Salud publica de Mexico 2010; 52(Suppl. 2):S157-S167

Connolly GN, Carpenter CM, Travers MJ, Cummings KM, Hyland A, Mulcahy M, Clancy L. How smoke-free laws improve air quality: a global study of Irish pubs. Nicotine and tobacco research 2009; 11(6):600-605

Hyland A, Higbee C, Borland R, Travers M, Hastings G, Fong GT, Cummings KM. Attitudes and beliefs about secondhand smoke and smoke-free policies in four countries: findings from the International Tobacco Control Four Country Survey. Nicotine and tobacco research 2009; 11(6):642-649

Hyland A, Higbee C, Travers MJ, Van Deusen A, Bansal-Travers M, King B, Cummings KM. Smoke-free homes and smoking cessation and relapse in a longitudinal population of adults. Nicotine and tobacco research 2009;11(6):614-618

Koong H-N, Khoo D, Higbee C, Travers M, Hyland A, Michael C, Dresler C.Global air monitoring study: a multi-country comparison of levels of indoor air pollution in different workplaces. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 2009; 38(3):202-206

Lee K, Hahn EJ, Robertson HE, Lee S, Vogel SI, Travers MJ. Strength of smoke-free air laws and indoor air quality. Nicotine and tobacco research2009; 11(4):381-386

Sendzik T, Fong GT, Travers MJ, Hyland A. An experimental investigation of tobacco smoke pollution in cars. Nicotine and tobacco research 2009;11(6):627-634

Van Deusen A, Hyland A, Travers MJ, Wang C, Higbee C, King BA, Alford T, Cummings KM. Secondhand smoke and particulate matter exposure in the home. Nicotine and tobacco research 2009; 11(6):635-641

Byrd EA, Carpenter MJ, Travers MJ. Changes in air quality pre/post smoke-free legislation in Charleston County, SC. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association (1975) 2010; 106(4-5):e145

Tarnoki DL, Tarnoki AD, Travers MJ, Mechtler L, Tamas L, Cummings KM.Compliance still a problem with no smoking law. Tobacco control 2010;19(6):520

Agbenyikey W, Wellington E, Gyapong J, Travers MJ, Breysse PN, McCarty KM, Navas-Acien A. Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure in selected public places (PM2.5 and air nicotine) and non-smoking employees (hair nicotine) in Ghana. Tobacco control 2011; 20(2):107-111

Tárnoki AD, Tárnoki DL, Travers MJ, Hyland A, Dobson K, Mechtler L, Cummings KM. Tobacco smoke is a major source of indoor air pollution in Hungary’s bars, restaurants and transportation venues. Clinical and experimental medical journal 2009; 3(1):131-138

Liu R, Hammond SK, Hyland A, Travers MJ, Yang Y, Nan Y, Feng G, Li Q, Jiang Y. Restaurant and bar owners' exposure to secondhand smoke and attitudes regarding smoking bans in five chinese cities. International journal of environmental research and public health 2011; 8(5):1520-1533

Hyland A, Travers MJ, Dresler C, Higbee C, Cummings KM. A 32-country comparison of tobacco smoke derived particle levels in indoor public places.Tobacco control 2008; 17(3):159-165

Alpert HR, Carpenter CM, Travers MJ, Connolly GN. Environmental and economic evaluation of the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Workplace Law.Journal of community health 2007; 32(4):269-281

Vardavas CI, Kondilis B, Travers MJ, Petsetaki E, Tountas Y, Kafatos AG.Environmental tobacco smoke in hospitality venues in Greece. BMC public health 2007; 7:302

Schneider S, Seibold B, Schunk S, Jentzsch E, Potschke-Langer M, Dresler C,Travers MJ, Hyland A. Exposure to secondhand smoke in Germany: air contamination due to smoking in German restaurants, bars, and other venues.Nicotine and tobacco research 2008; 10(3):547-555

Travers MJ, Hyland A, Cummings K. From Exposure Science to Policy Change: A 32-Country Comparison of Tobacco Smoke Derived Particle Concentrations in Public Places. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) 2008; 19(6 Suppl.):S220

Liu R, Yang Y, Travers M, Fong G, O'Connor R, Hyland A, Li L, Nan Y, Feng G, Li Q, Jiang Y. A cross-sectional study on levels of secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars in five cities in China. Tobacco control 2011; 20(6):397-402

Higbee C, Travers M, Hyland A, Cummings KM, Dresler C. Global air monitoring study: a multi-country comparison of levels of indoor air pollution in different workplaces results from Tunisia. Tunisie medicale 2007; 85(9):793-797

Sebrie EM, Schoj V, Travers MJ, McGaw B, Glantz SA. Smokefree policies in Latin America and the Caribbean: Making progress. International journal of environmental research and public health 2012; 9(5):1954-1970

Licht AS, King BA, Travers MJ, Rivard C, Hyland AJ. Attitudes, experiences, and acceptance of smoke-free policies among US multiunit housing residents.American journal of public health 2012; 102(10):1868-1871

Sebrie EM, Schoj V, Travers MJ, McGaw B, Glantz SA. Smokefree policies in Latin America and the Caribbean: making progress. International journal of environmental research and public health 2012; 9(5):1954-1970