CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Nov. 14, 2002
Media Advisory: Tobacco Experts At UI Nov. 15
WHAT: Media availability with national and local experts in tobacco use,
policy and control
WHO: Stanton Glantz, University of San Francisco
Kenneth Warner, University of Michigan
Paul Greenough, University of Iowa
John Lowe, University of Iowa
Christopher Squier, University of Iowa
WHERE: Lindquist Room, Sheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City
WHEN: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15
A panel of national and local experts on issues in tobacco use and control
will be available to meet with reporters to discuss the policies and
politics of tobacco control measures. The panelists are taking part
in the Nov. 15-17 conference, "The Global Tobacco Epidemic -- Tobacco
Control in an International Context." The conference is open to the public
and begins at 1 p.m. Friday in the Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, Iowa
Brief biographies of the panelists follow:
Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine at the University of California,
San Francisco is a longtime activist in the nonsmokers' rights movement. In
1994 Glantz received an anonymous package containing 4,000 secret internal
tobacco industry documents. The papers revealed that the tobacco industry
knew for three decades that nicotine was addictive and that smoking caused
cancer. The documents led Glantz and his colleagues to write the book, "The
Cigarette Papers," which has played a key role in the ongoing litigation
surrounding the tobacco industry. Glantz is author of the new book, "Tobacco
Wars: Inside the California Battles," which chronicles the last quarter
century of battles against the tobacco industry in California.
Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor
of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is
considered a world authority on the role of economic factors, such as cost
and taxation, in tobacco control. Warner will deliver a free lecture, "Technology,
Policy, and the Future of Nicotine Addiction," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov.
15 in the Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel. Immediately following the lecture,
Warner will be presented with the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award
and Distinguished Lectureship, given by the UI College of Public Health.
Paul Greenough, Ph.D., UI professor of history, is the director of the Global
Health Studies Program. The GHSP is a co-sponsor of the Nov. 15-17 conference,
"The Global Tobacco Epidemic: Tobacco Control in an International Context."
Greenough's research interests include the history of international public
health, history of science and technology in South Asia, global immunization
programs, and environmental health history in South and Southeast Asia.
John Lowe, Dr.P.H., professor and head of the department of community and
behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, is well known for his
work in the areas of tobacco research and overall cancer control and prevention.
He is the director of the Iowa Tobacco Research Center.
Christopher Squire, Ph.D, D.Sc., is associate dean for research and graduate
studies in the UI College of Dentistry and a professor in the department of
oral pathology, radiology and medicine. Squier's interest in tobacco stems
from his research on oral cancer, where tobacco use is a major risk factor.
For assistance in covering this event, contact Debra Venzke at (319) 335-9647
or Dan McMillan at (319) 335-6835.