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Shanshan Wang, MPH

Associate Scientist, Tobacco Control Research
Surveillance & Health Equity Research

What Inspires Me

The pain, sadness, and anxiety from cancer affects both patients and their families. My experience of losing a family member to cancer inspires me to create a world with better access to cancer prevention interventions.”

At ACS since 2022

As an Associate Scientist in Tobacco Control Research, Shanshan Wang, MPH, collaborates with Surveillance & Health Equity Science (SHES) researchers from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and ACS CAN to investigate the gap of tobacco control policies for different states and the health outcomes attributable to it. She also works with ACS CAN to promote new policies to cover that gap and reduce health risks related to tobacco.

Research focus and accomplishments

Wang’s research focuses on the states with smoking rates that are higher than the national average. Her study topics include tobacco taxes, tobacco control funding, smoke-free laws, and tobacco cessation coverage. She collaborates with her colleagues to collect data through:

  • Rapid response surveys
  • Literature reviews to discover the tobacco use and the burden of tobacco control in different states
  • Quantitative methods to analyze the effects of tobacco control policies on health outcomes



Work before ACS

  • University of Washington, Department of Biochemistry, Lab assistant, 2019-2020


  • MPH: Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, 2022
  • BA: Biochemistry, University of Washington, 2019

Personal life 

I'm a dog mom for a cute Maltese.