Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

October 23, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Heikki Hiilamo, Eric Crosbie and I just published our paper, "The evolution of health warning labels on cigarette packs: the role of precedents, and tobacco industry strategies to block diffusion" in Tobacco Control.


Objective To analyse the evolution and diffusion of health warnings on cigarette packs around the world, including tobacco industry attempts to block this diffusion.

Methods We analysed tobacco industry documents and public sources to construct a database on the global evolution and diffusion of health warning labels from 1966 to 2012, and also analysed industry strategies.

October 12, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Our annual "It's About a Billion Lives" symposium will be from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Cole Hall at UCSF (same place as the last two years).

Our keynote speaker will be Legacy Foundation President and CEO Cheryl Healton.

There will also be presentations from two of our fellows, Gideon St. Helen and Amanda Fallin and faculty members Matthew Springer and Wendy Max.

The closing speaker will be UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

See you there!


You can watch the webcast of last year's symposium here.

October 10, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

The vendor that had been hosting my web site on smokefree hospitality disappeared, so the TobaccoScam website disappeared with it a few weeks ago.

We have now rebuilt the site on in internal UCSF server and it is back up.  (There are a few formatting issues and the ordinance and economic studies are not yet loaded, but these issues will be addressed over the next couple weeks.)  The rest of the content is there and all the links work.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

October 9, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Today's Huffington Post has a detailed article using previously secret tobacco industry documents housed at the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library
to show how, under Mitt Romney, Bain played a key role in helping British American Tobacco and Philip Morris invade Russia.  This effort succeeded, leading to large increases in smoking (and smoking-induced disease).

Read the story at .

The story includes copies of several key documents and live links to many more.

October 4, 2012

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is seeking an individual interested in conducting a broad range of research projects related to tobacco control.  These include: (1) State and local policymaking process as it relates to tobacco control. The project involves preparing detailed case studies on tobacco policy making in different states, including research on the development and passage (or defeat) of state and local tobacco control legislation, funding and management of tobacco control programs, efforts of public health advocates to promote public health programs, and opposition to tobacco control by the tobacco industry and its allies and surrogates; (2) Influence of the tobacco industry on the scientific process, particularly as it relates to efforts to regulate secondhand smoke and cigarette design; (3) Statistical and economic analysis of tobacco control programs and related issues. Data collection will involve researching written records, analyzing campaign contribution information, conducting interviews and doing field research.