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The Case Against Menthol: Toward a Broader Definition of Harm

Philip Gardiner, DrPH
UCOP Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
Oct 20 2010 - 10:00am

Dr. Gardiner will explain why the FDA should apply the same logic that outlawed other candy flavorings and apply it to menthol cigarettes; in the end, all candy-flavorings including menthol only serve to make the poisons inherent in tobacco smoke go down easier.  Additionally, the mobilization of communities most affected by the menthol cigarettes, the FDA and candy flavorings and the tobacco industry’s machinations will be discussed.

Dr. Gardiner is the Research Administrator for Social Behavioral Sciences, Nicotine Dependence &Policy Research atthe University of California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), where he has been since February 1997. TRDRP is a statewide program housed in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies within the University of California’s Office of the President.  Dr. Gardiner’s training is in survey research and evaluation. He has written numerous articles on health disparities and African Americans menthol cigarette use, is the editor of the TRDRP Newsletter, Burning Issues, and was the motive force behind the adoption of the Community-based Participatory Research Awards.

Attendance Requirement: 
Required for All Fellows