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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  • Is nicotine all bad?

    May 19, 2015

    Reuters Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel’s fix is fruit-flavored nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips… View full article quoting expert Michael Siegel  

  • E-cigarettes could make it harder to quit smoking

    May 2, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health There’s hot debate about whether e-cigarettes are a good thing or not… Expert quote: “I don’t find the conclusion to be valid.” View full article

  • Ban Flavoring, Ads for E-Cigarettes, Doctors’ Group Says

    April 22, 2015

    HealthDay News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should ban flavorings and television ads for e-cigarettes, a prominent physicians’ organization says… Expert quote: “The problem with banning flavoring is that it would put an end to e-cigarettes, because they all have flavoring. These flavors are the primary reason that […]

  • E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students, study says

    April 17, 2015

    Washington Post Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to government figures released Thursday, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking… Expert quote: “The CDC should really be jumping […]

  • E-cigarettes move to top of the class among tobacco products used by young people

    April 16, 2015

    Winston-Salem Journal Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The use of tobacco products among young people reached a pivotal crossroad in 2014… Expert quote: “It appears that rather than serving as a gateway toward cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes may actually be acting as a diversion away from cigarettes.” View full article

  • Group’s lawsuits aim to boost public health

    April 12, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The stories recounted in two recent lawsuits might sound familiar: smokers lured to cigarettes as teens, hooked as adults, stricken with cancer in middle age… Expert quote: “There is no question that litigation has been a major strategy that has led to substantial improvements in […]

  • The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes

    February 24, 2015

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) By Michael Siegel, School of Public Health When electronic cigarettes came to the U.S. about 2007, I was skeptical. My assumption was they were a ploy by the tobacco industry to hook more people into smoking under the guise of being a safer product—the notorious low-tar cigarette scam all over […]

  • Hammered And Heedless: Do Dangerous Drinking Videos Harm Teens?

    February 21, 2015

    NPR “Shots Blog” Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Type “drunk,” “hammered,” or “trashed” into YouTube’s search bar and some pretty unsavory videos are likely to turn up… Expert quote: “By actually understanding and talking about it, kids become resistant to these messages. They’ll be able to see that these portrayals online aren’t realistic.” View […]

  • Anti Smoking Medication Proves to be Effective, Scientists Discover

    February 18, 2015

    Wall Street Hedge Michael Siegel, School of Public Health New research show that anti smoking medication could actually help smokers quit the habit. The scientists studied anti smoking drugs like Chantix and found that smokers who took it were more likely to give up smoking… View full article referencing expert Michael Siegel

  • Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study

    February 17, 2015

    HealthDay News Michael Siegel, School of Public Health The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren’t ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests… Expert quote: “The main contribution of this study is that it demonstrates that for patients who are not ready to quit […]

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