Policy and Politics

Efforts by public health professionals to develop and implement smokefree and tobacco control policies, locally, nationally and internationally, and how the tobacco industry opposes these efforts.
  • This project investigates tobacco industry political strategies after the institution of "corporate culture" reforms in the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. It addresses, in particular, the industry's response to tobacco control activities and the industry's use of outside organizations to advocate for its policy goals.

    Assistant Adjunct Professor in Clinical Pharmacy
  • This four year program aims to recruit one-year fellows to conduct policy relevant research in Guatemala. During the program, fellows design, implement and disseminate their tobacco control projects. This program aims to analyze the impact a mentorship program can have in increasing the research capacity in Guatemala.

    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
  • Most effective tobacco control policy in the United States has been enacted at the local and, more recently, state level. This project uses case study methods to research  how the tobacco industry and tobacco control professionals influence state and local policy making to develop knowledge that will lead to more effective tobacco control policies and strategies, while taking into account the major changes and uncertainties in the tobacco control policy environment that continue to occur:

    Professor of Medicine
  • Tobacco dependence continues to be the single most preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Persons entering drug abuse treatment smoke at 3-4 times the rate, and staff in publicly funded programs smoke at twice the rate, of the general population. Although the burden of illness and associated economic costs of nicotine addiction are elevated in the drug treatment population, treatment programs rarely address comorbid nicotine addiction.

    Professor in Residence
  • The purpose of this project was to characterize the San Francisco public’s perceptions and opinions about the ban of tobacco sales in pharmacies. On October 1, 2008, the City and County of San Francisco amended an ordinance of the San Francisco Health Code, prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in San Francisco pharmacies. “Big Box” stores (such as Costco) and grocery stores (such as Safeway) were not included in the ban. Opponents expressed concern that such a ban would have a negative financial impact on the pharmacies in question, which in San Francisco are primarily Walgreens.

    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
  • In this project, we forecast changes in California smoking behavior and health care costs due to state tobacco control policies. The goals of this project include estimating and forecasting changes in statewide California smoking behavior and health care costs. These changes are due to state tobacco control policies and changes in the state cigarette tax and funding for tobacco control education programs.

    Associate Adjunct Professor.
  • "Extreme makeover"? Or more industry deception? This project explores the tobacco industry’s ‘corporate social responsibility’ efforts and their implications for public health and tobacco control.  

    Professor and Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • This research involves developing models for smoking-induced heath care expenditures in the state of California as well as within a large HMO. The models include both static and dynamic estimates.

    Professor In Residence
  • The Center creates partnerships with health care provider and policy groups to promote smoking cessation.  

    Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care
  • This project uses tobacco industry documents to explore how the tobacco industry has responded to public health and other campaigns that focus attention on the behaviors of the tobacco industry, and to develop a resource for advocates designing such campaigns.  

    Associate Adjunct Professor
  • The objective of this study is to examine smoking behavior and estimate the economic burden of smoking among California adults with mental disorders.  The proposal seeks to determine: (1) smoking prevalence rates and cigarette consumption per smoker among mentally ill adults, (2) healthcare costs of smoking among mentally ill adults, and (3) value of lost productivity from smoking-related diseases among mentally ill adults.  

    Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
  • Research on the impact of cigarette butt disposal in the outdoor environment as toxic waste.  

    Health Sciences Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • This project will evaluate what community stakeholders know about a new citywide ordinance that bans smoking in multi-unit housing (MUH) in Richmond, California. In this in-depth case study, we will use focus groups and one-on-one interviews to identify and document successes and challenges of implementing a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing.

    Associate Professor
  • In partnership with one of the largest permanent supportive housing programs for homeless and low-income adults with special needs in San Diego County, we will conduct a pre- and post-policy evaluation a smoke-free policy that includes restrictions on smoking in indoor and shared outdoor areas. The study will examine tobacco use behaviors, exposure to secondhand smoke, knowledge of, adherence to, and attitudes toward the smoke-free policy among the clientele of 4 permanent supportive housing programs.

    Assistant Professor in Residence
  • Accurate assessment of the impact of tobacco use on health outcomes and healthcare expenditures is critical in regulatory science to assist policy makers to promulgate rational policies. However, confounding is a potential problem for assessments based on observational studies. Recently, modern analytic methods that use causal modeling have been successfully applied to address confounding inherent in observational research.

    Associate Adjunct Professor, UCSF School of Dentistry