Wasim Maziak is a Professor at the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University. He is the founder and director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (www.scts-sy.org), a pioneer research and capacity building institution in the Middle East. Dr. Maziak has extensive experience in tobacco control research and has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific reports, including contributions in Science, Nature, Lancet, and British Medical Journal. His focus has been on emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and hookah (Waterpipe), especially risk communication strategies targeting young users. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 for tobacco control research.