- FAMRI Center
The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities for 46 faculty in 11 departments and all 4 schools at UCSF, as well as colleagues at UC Berkeley and UC Merced. It is part of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute and its membership is congruent with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tobacco Control Program. The Center is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Tobacco Control.
According to tobacco control researchers, Eric Crosbie, MA, Mariaelena Gonzalez, PhD, and Stanton Glantz, PhD, the tobacco industry uses preemption to block or reverse tobacco control policies. "Health Preemption Behind Closed Doors: Trade Agreements and Fast-Track Authority", published in July 2014, in the online issue of American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), describes how preemption removes authority from jurisdictions where tobacco companies’ influence is weak and transfers it to jurisdictions where they have an advantage. International trade agreements relocate decisions about tobacco control policy to venues where there is little opportunity for public scrutiny, participation, and debate. Tobacco companies are using these agreements to preempt domestic authority over tobacco policy. Other transnational corporations that profit by promoting unhealthy foods could do the same. “Fast-track authority,” in which Congress cedes ongoing oversight authority to the President, further distances the public from the debate. Click here to read the full article.
Jodi Prochaska, PhD, MPH
Sep 3 2014 - 11:00am
Richard Barnes, JD
Center for Tobacco Control Researcher, Emeritus
Sep 10 2014 - 10:00am
Andrew Curtis, PhD
Director, GIS, Health & Hazards Lab; Associate Professor, Dept of Geography, Kent State University
Sep 11 2014 - 10:00am