Previous Billion Lives Symposium Programs

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