WRITER: MICHELLE MONCRIEFFE
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 11, 2002
UI hosts Global Tobacco Epidemic Conference Nov. 15 -17
Tobacco use is associated with 4,900 deaths in Iowa each year. This situation
is not unique to Iowa, but has become a world-wide problem, say organizers
of the 11th annual Global Health Studies Conference that focuses on "The
Global Tobacco Epidemic -- Tobacco Control in an International Context."
This three-day conference takes place at the Sheraton Hotel, Iowa City,
from Nov. 15-17 and will bring leading scholars in the field from all over
the world to discuss this crisis and look at approaches to tobacco control
This conference is open to the public. For registration, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~intl/ACAD/ghsp/tobacco2002.html
or contact Lesli Lanning at (319) 335 2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"People are dying totally unnecessarily," said Christopher Squier,
PhD, associate dean at the UI Dental Research Center and one of the organizers
of the conference.
A recent ordinance that bans smoking at restaurants in Iowa City was met
by a discreet counter campaign by tobacco firms, he said.
"The industry is working against us very consistently and very subtly,
so we will never have a representative from a tobacco firm come into town
and complain," Squier said. "Instead, they do it through surrogate
organizations like 'hospitality associations' and the same erroneous data
about how much business will be hurt by going smoke-free always turns up at
city council hearings."
The main speakers at the conference include: Stanton Glantz, Ph.D, professor
of medicine, University of San Francisco; Thomas Novotny, M.D., M.P.H., Center
for Disease Control; and Hana Sovinova, Ph.D., Public Health Institute (Prague).
Kenneth E. Warner, Ph.D, Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor
of Public Health, University of Michigan, is considered a world authority
on the role of economic factors, such as cost and taxation, in tobacco control.
He will receive the prestigious Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award
from UI College of Public Health for his achievements.
The conference will bring together UI students, faculty, local politicians
and representatives from Tobacco Free Iowa, the Tobacco Control Division of
the Iowa Department of Public Health, the American Medical Association SmokeFree
States initiative and the American Cancer Society. Students will have the
opportunity to meet speakers during break out sessions, and this will allow
for more in-depth and intimate discussions.
The Global Health Studies Conference is sponsored by The University of Iowa,
International Programs, Global Health Studies Program, The College of Public
Health, and the National Resource Center for International Studies.