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UCSF to Present Latest on Tobacco Research and Education

Postdoctoral Fellow to Explain Tobacco Industry's Ties to Tea Party at Symposium

By | February 4, 2013

The UCSF Center for Tobacco Control, Research and Education will host “It’s About A Billion Lives,” on Friday, Feb. 8. The annual event, which is open to the public, celebrates tobacco research and education efforts at the University.

Cheryl Healton, DrPH, president of the American Legacy Foundation, is the keynote speaker who will talk about “Tobacco Control: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead.” The American Legacy Foundation, which is dedicated to evidence-based public health strategies that work, was established in March 1998 as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement between a coalition of attorneys general in 46 states and five United States territories and the tobacco industry. It is funded primarily by payments designated by the settlement.

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, will deliver closing remarks.

Other topics and speakers at the Feb. 8 symposium are as follows:

  • “Quarterbacking Behind the Scenes: The Tobacco Industry’s Role in Shaping the Tea Party,” by Amanda Fallin, PhD, RN, a postdoctoral fellow;
  • “Even Brief Secondhand Smoke Exposure Disrupts Arterial Function,” by Matthew Springer, PhD, associate professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology;
  • “Nicotine Dependence and Carcinogen Exposure Among Black and White Smokers,” by Gideon St. Helen, PhD, postdoctoral fellow; and
  • “More Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke,” by Wendy Max, PhD, co-director of the Institute for Health & Aging, professor of health economics.