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Stanton A. Glantz

The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.

*Professor Stanton A. Glantz* has been a leading researcher and activist in the nonsmokers’ rights movement since 1978, when he helped lead a state initiative campaign to enact a nonsmokers’ rights law by popular vote (defeated by the tobacco industry). I

Professor Stanton A. Glantz has been a leading researcher and activist in the nonsmokers’ rights movement since 1978, when he helped lead a state initiative campaign to enact a nonsmokers’ rights law by popular vote (defeated by the tobacco industry). In 1983, he helped the successful defense of the San Francisco Workplace Smoking Ordinance against a tobacco industry attempt to repeal it by referendum. He is one of the founders of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. In 1982, he resurrected the film “Death in the West,” suppressed by Philip Morris, and developed an accompanying curriculum that has been used by an estimated 1,000,000 students. He helped write and produce the films “Secondhand Smoke” and “120,000 Lives.” Dr. Glantz conducts research on a wide range of issues ranging from the effects of secondhand smoke through the reductions in heart attacks observed when smokefree policies are enacted, to how the tobacco industry fights tobacco control programs. His work in this area was identified as one of the “top research advances for 2005” by the American Heart Association. He has written several books, including the widely used Primer of Biostatistics, and Primer of Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance. He is author of more than 200 scientific papers. His book The Cigarette Papers played a key role in the ongoing litigation surrounding the tobacco industry. His book Tobacco Wars: Inside the California Battles chronicles the battles against the tobacco industry in California. He also wrote Tobacco: Biology and Politics for high school students and The Uninvited Guest, a story about secondhand smoke, for second graders. He is now running two educational projects, SmokeFreeMovies.ucsf.edu, which is working to end use of movies to promote tobacco, and TobaccoScam.ucsf.edu, which is countering tobacco industry efforts to co-opt the hospitality industry. Working with the UCSF Library, he has taken the lead in making nearly 50 million pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents available to the entire world via the internet. He served for 10 years as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is a member of the California State Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005. He is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control as well as Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at University of California, San Francisco. His email is glantz@medicine.ucsf.edu.