Tuesday’s Tobacco Control Conference To Feature Activist Dr. Stan Glantz, Author of ‘The Cigarette Papers’

For immediate release:
April 1, 2002

Contact: Suzanne Kelley
Tobacco Control Program
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON—Tobacco control activist Dr. Stanton Glantz will keynote Vermont’s annual tobacco control conference on Tuesday.

Dr. Glantz is the University of California professor of medicine who helped bring to light the fact that the tobacco industry had long recognized the addictiveness and deadliness of tobacco.

The conference, “Tobacco Control: Vermont Communities in Action,” will be held April 2 at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

The conference will bring together over 100 public health and health care professionals, tobacco control advocates and policymakers, educators, community leaders, parents and youth involved in the movement against tobacco.

Dr. Glantz has been a leading activist in the nonsmokers’ rights movement since 1978. He is author or co-author of many publications on tobacco control issues, including the landmark July 19, 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association on the Brown and Williamson documents, which showed that the tobacco industry knew 30 years ago that tobacco was addictive and smoking caused cancer.

This was followed by his book, The Cigarette Papers, which has played a key role in the ongoing litigation with the tobacco industry. The industry has twice unsuccessfully sued the University of California in an attempt to stop his work.

The April 2 conference will also feature a choice of workshops on a wide variety of current tobacco control issues, including innovative school programs, community collaborations, training for health care professionals, creating culturally-sensitive tobacco control programs, and a review of the state’s countermarketing plans.

NOTE: April 1 through 7 is Vermont Public Health Week.

Public Health Week is a collaborative effort to raise community awareness about efforts to improve and protect the health of the population.