Y. Tony Yang

George Washington University

Y. Tony Yang, ScD, is a tenured professor of the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University School of Nursing. He also holds a joint appointment at the Milken Institute School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His scholarship explores the effects of law and policy on health care delivery and population health outcomes. Dr. Yang has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. His first-authored work has appeared in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. The impact of his scholarship is observable in media coverage on outlets such as CNN and The New York Times. He has been funded by various public and private organizations. Dr. Yang has received honors such as the Early Career Award for Excellence from American Public Health Association. He holds graduate degrees in Public Health (Harvard), Health Policy (Harvard), and Law (University of Pennsylvania).


Public health practitioners and tobacco control advocates agree that pre-emption (a higher level of government stripping lower levels of government of their authority over a specific subject matter) has an adverse impact on tobacco control efforts. Pre-emptive state laws may prohibit local tobacco control measures, such as restrictions on marketing and promotion of tobacco products, licensure of tobacco products, smoking in public or private sites, and on youth access to tobacco products.