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Dr. Yang was born in Guyuan, a village in the Ningxia Muslim Autonomous Region, a region which blends Muslim culture with that of the Han Chinese. This background, combined with traumatic experiences in the Great Famine during Maozedong's Cultural Revolution, made him cognizant of distinctive patterns of health behavior under various hygienic conditions and demographic customs. In turn, this laid the foundation for the main focus of his career, tobacco control. Smoking in the People's Republic of China represents an enormous public health problem. Many Chinese universities are developing training programs for medical students to improve capacity for tobacco control advocacy. Dr. Yang is a leader in this initiative, and has numerous publications in major journals and many http://www.museumstuff.com/learn/topics/Yang_Tingzhong international collaborations]. Since 2009, Dr. Yang has been directing the first program aimed at prohibiting all forms of smoking in China. Projects comprising this program are sponsored by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and the first goal of the program is to ban smoking on university campuses nationwide.
Dr. Yang graduated from Shanxi Medicine University (Public Health) in 1982. He was appraised as an outstanding contributing scientist by the government of Jiangsu Province in 1996. Dr. Yang served as Assistant Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego from 1998 to 2000. He is a full professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Zhejiang University.
Dr. Yang is currently the president of Zhejiang University's Research Center for Tobacco Control. He is also a member of the standing committee and expert group of the National Association on Tobacco Control, and a faculty affiliate of the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center in the United States.
Dr. Yang serves as Asian editor of the American Journal of Health Behavior, and is a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including PLoS Medicine, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, Collegium Antropologicum, Public Health;Health & Social Care in the Community; BMC Public Health; Chinese Journal of Epidemiology; The Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine; and Acta Psychologica Sinica.
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