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Release: Nov. 14, 2002

Media Advisory: Tobacco Experts At UI Nov. 15

WHAT: Media availability with national and local experts in tobacco use, policy and control

WHO: Stanton Glantz, University of San Francisco

Kenneth Warner, University of Michigan

Paul Greenough, University of Iowa

John Lowe, University of Iowa

Christopher Squier, University of Iowa

WHERE: Lindquist Room, Sheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City

WHEN: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15

A panel of national and local experts on issues in tobacco use and control will be available to meet with reporters to discuss the policies – and politics – of tobacco control measures. The panelists are taking part in the Nov. 15-17 conference, "The Global Tobacco Epidemic -- Tobacco Control in an International Context." The conference is open to the public and begins at 1 p.m. Friday in the Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, Iowa City.

Brief biographies of the panelists follow:

Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco is a longtime activist in the nonsmokers' rights movement. In 1994 Glantz received an anonymous package containing 4,000 secret internal tobacco industry documents. The papers revealed that the tobacco industry knew for three decades that nicotine was addictive and that smoking caused cancer. The documents led Glantz and his colleagues to write the book, "The Cigarette Papers," which has played a key role in the ongoing litigation surrounding the tobacco industry. Glantz is author of the new book, "Tobacco Wars: Inside the California Battles," which chronicles the last quarter century of battles against the tobacco industry in California.

Kenneth Warner, Ph.D., the Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is considered a world authority on the role of economic factors, such as cost and taxation, in tobacco control. Warner will deliver a free lecture, "Technology, Policy, and the Future of Nicotine Addiction," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Dean Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel. Immediately following the lecture, Warner will be presented with the Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship, given by the UI College of Public Health.

Paul Greenough, Ph.D., UI professor of history, is the director of the Global Health Studies Program. The GHSP is a co-sponsor of the Nov. 15-17 conference, "The Global Tobacco Epidemic: Tobacco Control in an International Context." Greenough's research interests include the history of international public health, history of science and technology in South Asia, global immunization programs, and environmental health history in South and Southeast Asia.

John Lowe, Dr.P.H., professor and head of the department of community and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, is well known for his work in the areas of tobacco research and overall cancer control and prevention. He is the director of the Iowa Tobacco Research Center.

Christopher Squire, Ph.D, D.Sc., is associate dean for research and graduate studies in the UI College of Dentistry and a professor in the department of oral pathology, radiology and medicine. Squier's interest in tobacco stems from his research on oral cancer, where tobacco use is a major risk factor.

For assistance in covering this event, contact Debra Venzke at (319) 335-9647 or Dan McMillan at (319) 335-6835.