DR Michael Siegel, MD, MPH
Biography: Dr. Michael Siegel is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. He has more than 24 years of experience in tobacco control research and advocacy, having begun his career in the anti-tobacco field as a college student who wrote and successfully lobbied for smoke-free workplace legislation in Rhode Island.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in environmental studies and receiving his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Siegel completed a residency in preventive medicine at the University of California, Berkeley. He then served as a medical epidemiologist in the EIS program at the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he conducted research on secondhand smoke, tobacco advertising, and the effects of tobacco control policies.
At Boston University School of Public Health, he conducts research on a wide range of tobacco control issues, focusing on the evaluation of national, state, and local policies. He is the author of the book Marketing Public Health: Strategies to Promote Social Change, and the developer and author of the most widely-read tobacco policy blog:The Rest of the Story -- Tobacco News Analysis
The Center for Public Accountability in Tobacco Control was also founded by Dr. Michael Siegel, who recently became disillusioned by the direction in which the anti-smoking movement is going. He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on the health effects of secondhand smoke, cigarette advertising, and evaluation of tobacco control policies, which have appeared in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Journal of Marketing, and the American Journal of Public Health. He has testified in 7 tobacco control cases, including the Engle case which resulted in a $145 billion verdict against the tobacco companies. He has testified in support of smoke-free workplaces at over 100 local and state hearings throughout the country.