Previous Billion Lives Symposium Programs

To view the 2023 Symposium click here.

Keynote Panel: 20 Years of the Industry Documents: Past, Present and Future:

  • Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Retired)
  • Micah Berman, JD, Associate Professor of Public Health and Law, Ohio State University’s College of Public Health and Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • Kate Tasker, MLIS, UCSF Industry Documents Library Managing Archivist
  • Valerie Yerger, ND, Professor, UCSF Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences*
  • Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Healton, Professor of Public Health Policy and Management and Founding Dean, NYU School of Global Public Health

To view the 2022 Symposium, please click here.

  • "Social Justice and Deconstructing Racism in the Tobacco Prevention and Control Movement,"  Pebbles Fagan, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Tobacco at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • "Effects of aerosol from e-cigarettes and marijuana on arterial function," Poonam Rao, MBBS, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • "Using Big Data to Understand the Health Effects of Cannabis," Salomeh Keyhani, MD, Professor, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine
  • "E-cigarettes, medications, dietary supplements and the regulation road less traveled," Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, Professor, UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy
  • "Tobacco Industry Influence on Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: An Evaluation of Tobacco Industry Documents," Joshua Miller, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Closing, Alicia Fernandez, MD, Professor, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General

To view the 2021 symposium, please click here

  • Half a century later it is still about social acceptability, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Retired), Founding Director, Center for Tobacco Control and Education
  • Smoking and E-cigarette Use among San Francisco Priority Populations, Arturo Durazo, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Smoking, Vaping and Acute Lung Injury, Michael Matthay, MD, Professor and Associate Director, Critical Care Medicine, UCSF, UCSF Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
  • In Tech We Trust?: Peer-generated information about vaping nicotine and cannabis in digital spaces, Meredith Meacham, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • E-cigarette Policy and Social Media Discussions in China, Joanne Lyu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Closing, Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

To view the 2020 symposium, please click here

  • Global fight against an evolving tobacco industry, Gan Quan, PhD, Director of Tobacco Control, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
  • Nicotine Salts: What are they and why are they in electronic cigarettes?, Arit Harvanko, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (55m:55sec)
  • Why the tobacco companies are into alternative tobacco products, Dorie Apollonio, PhD, MPP, Professor, UCSF Department of Clinical Pharmacy (1h:15m:51sec)
  • Tobacco uncontrolled: Smoking in California drug treatment programs, Joe Guydish, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, UCSF Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry (2h:28m:44sec)
  • Tobacco and Cannabis Co-use: Getting into the Weeds, Nhung Nguyen, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (3h:08m:50sec)
  • Closing, Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc, Dean and Professor, UCSF School of Dentistry

To view the 2019 symposium, please click here

  • The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An International Treaty to Counter a Transnational Industry, Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, MD, PhD, Head of the Convention Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
  • Using apps, maps, and stories to understand tobacco use disparities, Julia McQuoid, PhD, MSc, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
  • Tobacco cessation as a pathway out of homelessness, Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine (ZSFG)
  • No To Tobacco, Tasha "Sixfootah The Poet"
  • Toxicant exposure and effects from electronic and combustible cigarettes, Gideon St. Helen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Trends and tales of flavored tobacco use among young people, Shannon Watkins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education


To view the 2018 symposium, please click here

  • Smokefree or Up in Smoke? Reinvigorated tobacco control policy in an era of legalized marijuana  Karen L. Smith, MD, MPH, Director & State Public Health Officer, California Department of Public Health (6 min, 25 sec)
  • Using social media to help young adults quit smoking, Danielle Ramo, PhD, UCSF Associate Professor in Residence, UCSF Dept of Psychiatry (56 min, 10 sec)
  • Learning from tobacco industry to fight back: Peer-crowd targeting in e-cigarette advertisements, Minji Kim, PhD, UCSF Postdoctoral Fellow (1 hr, 30 min, 17 sec)
  • Chasing the cloud or choking on it: E-cigarettes and lung health, Jeffrey Gotts, MD, UCSF Assistant Professor of Medicine (1 hr, 56 min, 42 sec)
  • Containing Diffusion: The Tobacco Industry’s Trade Strategy to Block Tobacco Standardized Packaging, Eric Crosbie, PhD, UCSF Postdoctoral Fellow ( 2 hr, 22 min, 55 sec)

To view the 2017 symposium, please click here

  • Children and Tobacco 2017: Who's Winning?, Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH (0h:33m)
  • Rather wreck my gums than my lungs: Smokeless tobacco and California rural adolescent males, Benjamin Chaffee, Asst Professor (1h:24m)
  • Smokers with psychological distress: As smoking drops they attempt to quit more & smoke less, Margarete Kulik, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow (2h:07m)
  • Philip Morris data shows FDA mandating lower cigarette nicotine levels would improve population health, Eunice Neeley, MD, MPH, Postdoctoral Fellow (3h:07m)
  • Booze, Butts or Both? Combating young adult tobacco use in bars, Pamela Ling, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, CTCRE Fellowship Director (3h:32m)
  • Closing, Talmadge E. King Jr., MD

To view the 2016 symposium, please click here

  • What will it take to transform the prediction of a billion deaths into a billion lives saved?, Matthew Myers, President, Tobacco-Free Kids (0h:2m)
  • You are how you smoke: Implications of different patterns of adolescent & yound adult smoking behavior, Lauren M Dutra, Postdoctoral Fellow (1h:06m)
  • Thirdhand cigarette smoke, a persistent environmental contaiminant, Suzaynn F Schick, Asst Prof of Medicine, Division of Occupational Medicine(1h:25m)
  • Electronic cigarette use by individuals in treatment for substance abuse, Noah Gubner, Postdoctoral Fellow (2h:10m)
  • Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Challenges & Opportunities, Stella Aguinaga Bialous, Associate Prof, Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, (2h:32m)
  • Closing, Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD

To view the 2015 symposium, please click here

  • Finish It. Tobacco Prevention for the Post-Millennial Generation, Robin Koval, President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation (2m:50)
  • Health impact of expanding e-cigarette sales, Sara Kalkhoran, Clinical Fellow (55m:00)
  • I Smoked, I Quit...All Because of You: Leveraging family and peer support for quitting, Janice Tsoh, Assoc Professor, Psychiatry (1h:18:00)
  • Kirk vs. Spock: Emotion, reason and tobacco warning labels, Lucy Popova, Postdoctoral Fellow (1h:55:55)
  • The smoker's brain: Damaged, but capable of recovery, Dieter Meyerhoff, Professor, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging (2h:18:30)
  • Closing, B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD

To view the 2014 symposium, please click here

  • FDA & Tobacco Product Regulation in the 21st Century, Mitch Zeller, Director, FDA Center of Tobacco Products (2m:55)
  • Communicating the Invisible Risks of Nondaily Smoking & E-Cigarettes, Emily McDonald, CTCRE Postdoctoral  Fellow (57m:00)
  • Tobacco Industry, the Military & Public Health, Elizabeth Smith, Assoc Adjunct Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences (1h:16m:10)
  • Cigarette Smoking, Stress & Depression Among Minority Older Adults, Erik Rodriquez, CTCRE Postdoctoral Fellow (2h:06m:33)
  • Smoke-Induced Heart Attacks: The Underlying Biology, Peter Ganz, Professor & Chief, Division of Cardiology, SFGH (2h:27m:34)

To view the 2013 symposium, please click here

  • Tobacco Control: Progress Made & Challenges Ahead, Cheryl Healton, President, American Legacy Foundation (22m:50)
  • Quarterbacking Behind the Scenes: The Tobacco Industry's Role in Shaping the Tea Party, Amanda Fallin, CTCRE Postdoctoral Fellow (1h:18m:00)
  • Even Brief Secondhand Smoke Exposure Disrupts Arterial Function, Matthew Springer, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology (1h:36m:48)
  • Nicotine Dependence & Carcinogen Exposure Among Black & White Smokers, Gideon St. Helen, CTCRE Postdoctoral Fellow (2h:07m:50)
  • More Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children Exposed to Secondhand Smoke, Wendy Max, Co-Director, Institute for Health & Aging, Professor of Health Economics (2h:30m:10)
  • Closing, Susan Desmond-Hellman

To view the 2012 symposium, please click here

  • How Much Longer Until We Get There, Ursula Bauer, Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, CDC (12m:50)
  • "Smoking Revolution?" Electronic Cigarettes & Public Health, Rachel Grana, CTCRE Postdoctoral Fellow (58m:30)
  • What Will Happen to Health Care Costs If We Pass the Calif Cancer Research Act...and if we don't, James Lightwood, Assoc Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pharmacy (1h:19m:35)
  • Price Discounting Keeps Poor People Buying Cigarettes in China, Tingting Yao, CTCRE Postdoctoral Fellow (2h:33m:20)
  • Smoke Gets In Your ICU: Cigarette SMoke Exposure & Critical Illness, Carolyn Calfee, Asst Professor in Residence, Medicine (2h:50m:55)
  • Outpatient Tobacco Screening & Treatment at UCSF: An Interprofessional Needs Assessment, Kristianne Meisels, Pharm. D Student (3h:20m:50)

Closing, Sam Hawgood, MBBS