Michael Siegel

Professor, Community Health Sciences

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Brown University, BA
Yale University, MD
University of California-Berkeley, MPH

Michael Siegel is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interest is in the area of tobacco control, focusing on secondhand… Read more

Michael Siegel is a physician who completed his residency in Preventive Medicine at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and trained in epidemiology for two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before coming to Boston. His primary research interest is in the area of tobacco control, focusing on secondhand smoke health effects, exposure, and policies; cigarette advertising and marketing practices and their effects on youths; and evaluation of tobacco control policies and their impact on youth and adult smoking behavior. His primary teaching is in the areas of mass communication, marketing, and public health advocacy. He is co-author of a book, titled Marketing Public Health: Strategies to Promote Social Change, that grew out of his teaching experience at the School. He has been active in promoting smoke-free bar and restaurant policies throughout the country and has served as an expert witness in several major tobacco litigation cases.

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  • Teens like alcohol brands they see at the stadium

    December 9, 2014

    Futurity News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Underage drinkers are more likely to choose alcohol brands that sponsor sports, music, and entertainment events, a new study shows… View full article quoting expert Michael Siegel

  • More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study

    October 22, 2014

    Reuters Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults… Expert quote: “It appears clear that excessive or irresponsible consumption of energy drinks does represent a public health problem.” View full article

  • States with most gun owners have more ‘non-stranger’ homicides

    October 2, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Mass gun attacks — like the tragic 2012 killing of 27 children and adults in Newtown — usually prompt calls for changes in gun laws. Gun-rights advocates contend better armed civilians can fend off attacks by strangers in their homes, while gun-control activists argue that […]

  • Fox News analyst says Obama’s gun laws will lead to more ISIS style beheadings

    October 1, 2014

    Examiner.com Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The issue of gun rights and gun control is always a controversial topic in American politics. Despite no major gun legislation being passed since President Obama was sworn into office in 2009, one conservative commentator is warning that if the president does takes action, American lives will be on the […]

  • Should Iowa cities ban e-cigarettes?

    September 26, 2014

    The Gazette Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Electronic cigarette use isn’t new, but cities in Iowa remain undecided about whether to restrict their use… Expert quote: “There are pollutants in the cooking fumes, there are pollutants in perfumes. You can’t just say, ‘Well, we’re just going to ban anything that has chemicals in them.’ […]

  • Flowing Beer Can Lead to Flow Of Cash For Colleges, But Raises Public Health Concerns

    September 14, 2014

    Hartford Courant Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The controversial highway billboards featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle caused a stir in Connecticut this past week, but they also placed UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets… Expert […]

  • CVS Caremark changes its name to CVS Health

    September 3, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The drug store chain CVS has stopped selling tobacco products a month sooner than planed as the company moves to position itself as a provider of health services, as well as prescription drug and other products… View full article quoting expert Michael Siegel

  • E-cigarettes and vaping: Everything you need to know

    August 28, 2014

    USA Today Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The American Heart Association issued its first official policy recommendation on electronic cigarettes this week, saying they were a last-resort method of quitting traditional cigarettes… View full article quoting Michael Siegel

  • E-cigarettes: The lingering questions

    August 26, 2014

    Nature Michael Siegel, School of Public Health In the haze of incomplete data, scientists are divided over the risks and benefits of electronic cigarettes… Expert quote: “These devices have really polarized the tobacco-control community. You now have two completely opposite extremes with almost no common ground between them.” View full article

  • Underage drinkers pick brands they see on TV

    August 11, 2014

    Futurity News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Researchers investigated whether exposure to brand-specific alcohol advertising on 20 television shows popular among young people was associated with brand-specific consumption among underage drinkers… Expert quote: “The question becomes, what do alcohol advertisers do with this information, given the consequences of alcohol consumption in underage youth?” View full […]

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