Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Faculty Profile

  • Marin Kurti, PhD, MA

  • Instructor

  • Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

  • CV

Tobacco control; illegal trade in tobacco products; crime and public health

Marin Kurti received his M.A. in Criminal Justice
from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Research Interests
The broad area of research Dr. Kurti is interested in is tobacco control policy. Trained as a criminologist, his current research focuses primarily on the illicit cigarette market including counterfeit and contraband cigarettes. His work has examined trends in tax avoidance and evasion, the efficacy of tax laws aimed at curbing the illicit market and smokers’ participation in and perception of the illegal market. His research also includes developing innovative methodologies to measure the illicit trade including analysis of tobacco refuse and packaging to identify counterfeit cigarettes.

Select Publications
M Kurti,K von Lampe,J Johnson (2015) "The intended and unintended consequences of a legal measure to cut the flow of illegal cigarettes into New York City: the case of the South Bronx.", American Journal of Public Health 105(5) 750-756

M Kurti,Y He,K von Lampe,Y Li (2017) "Identifying counterfeit cigarette packs using ultraviolet irradiation and light microscopy.", Tobacco Control 26(5) 29-33

M Kurti,K von Lampe,Y He,C Delnevo,D Qin (2018) "Innovations in counterfeiting tax stamps: a study of ultraviolet watermarks in a sample of discarded New York City packs.", Tobacco Control 0(5) -