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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  • Tobacco Lobby Opens a New Playbook for E-Cigarettes

    April 18, 2014

    National Journal Michael Siegel, School of Public Health One e-cigarette maker markets a flavor called “Congress,” with a website displaying a photo of the Capitol and describing the taste as “refined tobacco.”… Expert quote: “Essentially this is a big victory for the big tobacco companies. They can claim correctly that they comply with FDA standards. […]

  • J’adore this news: Canadian E-Cig Company Launches E-Cigs For Her

    April 10, 2014

    Examiner.com Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A popular Canadian electronic cigarette company based in Calgary, AB, is pushing the envelope in a creative and unique fashion that proves they are leaders in the tobacco harm reduction movement… Expert quote: “While it is well-recognized that nicotine plays a role in smoking addiction, little attention has […]

  • Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

    March 31, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Electronic cigarettes are certainly trendy — look no further than the Vapefest in the nation’s capital last week — but whether inhaling nicotine vapors actually helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes remains a subject of fierce debate… Expert quote: “This means that we actually know for a fact […]

  • Electronic cigarettes may not help people stop smoking: study

    March 24, 2014

    Reuters Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A small U.S. study raises new questions about whether using electronic cigarettes will lead people to quit smoking, adding to the debate over how tightly the products should be regulated… Expert quote: “The researchers are assuming that the groups are exactly equivalent in terms of their motivations and […]

  • Electronic cigarettes won’t help smokers quit, study claims

    March 24, 2014

    CBSNews.com Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Using an electronic cigarette won’t make you any more likely to quit smoking actual cigarettes, according to a new study… Expert quote: “We need solid data that’s based on solid science before we make decisions. I hope no one would take this research letter and make any conclusion based […]

  • Teenage Drinkers Go For High-End Liquor And Cheap Beer, Too

    March 21, 2014

    NPR “Shots Blog” Michael Siegel, School of Public Health For underage drinkers, it’s not always about the cheapest alcohol they can get their hands on. Many of them are brand conscious, researchers say, and they’re not drinking the same stuff as their parents… Expert quote: “It dispels the myth that youth are drinking what they […]

  • Despite study, expert says no proof e-cigarettes gateway to tobacco

    March 7, 2014

    Boston Herald Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A new study that finds e-cigarettes might be encouraging teens to use conventional cigarettes is confirming the fears of public health officials, but one Boston expert says there’s still no proof that e-cigarettes are the gateway to tobacco… Expert quote: “The greatest concern would be if these […]

  • U.S. teens’ e-cigarette use associated with smoking –study

    March 6, 2014

    Reuters Michael Siegel, School of Public Health A study published on Thursday found an association between smoking and e-cigarette use among adolescents but didn’t answer a pressing public-health question on whether e-cigarettes acted as a gateway to smoking… Expert quote: “The authors seem to have an axe to grind. I could equally argue that what […]

  • E-Cigarettes: Gateway Or Cure?

    February 26, 2014

    WBUR “Radio Boston” Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Until just a few years ago, electronic cigarettes were relatively obscure… Listen to audio with expert Michael Siegel

  • A Hot Debate Over E-Cigarettes as a Path to Tobacco, or From It

    February 23, 2014

    New York Times Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Dr. Michael Siegel, a hard-charging public health researcher at Boston University, argues that e-cigarettes could be the beginning of the end of smoking in America. He sees them as a disruptive innovation that could make cigarettes obsolete, like the computer did to the typewriter… Expert quote: […]

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