Michael Siegel

Professor, Community Health Sciences
School of Public Health

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Education:

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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  • Vapers Are the Unexpected Winners Under a Trump Presidency

    November 15, 2016

    Motherboard Michael Siegel, School of Public Health For at least one group in the US, the election results spurred more crossed-fingers than wrung hands: vaping advocates are hopeful Trump could soften regulations that threaten the industry. Expert quote: “From a public health perspective, there are many reasons to be concerned about the outcome of Tuesday’s […]

  • Chicago Will Now Tax Sugary Drinks

    November 14, 2016

    Mother Jones Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Even as President-elect Donald Trump looks to a soda lobbyist to craft food and farm policy for his coming administration, another major city has stuck a thumb in Big Soda’s eye by imposing a penny-per-ounce soda tax… “Soda taxes are now on the policy agenda, and I […]

  • An Activist for the Poor Joins Pepsi’s Board. Is That Ethical?

    October 28, 2016

    New York Times Michael Siegel, School of Public Health With a compelling personal narrative and a track record of helping the needy, Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, has emerged as a prominent voice of morality… Expert quote: “They are saying they want these problems solved, while at the same time lobbying against […]

  • A BAT deal with Reynolds adds to Big Tobacco’s e-cig advantage

    October 26, 2016

    Reuters Michael Siegel, School of Public Health British American Tobacco Plc’s proposed takeover of Reynolds American Inc could speed up Big Tobacco’s dominance of the quickly changing e-cigarette market, putting more pressure on early innovators already getting squeezed out… Expert quote: “We’re going to have a huge contraction of the vaping market with most of […]

  • Soda Industry Tries To Woo Public Health Groups With Sponsorship Deals

    October 20, 2016

    NPR Michael Siegel, School of Public Health As the soda industry gears up to spend $9.5 million to oppose the soda tax proposals in San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, and Albany, Calif., critics point out the industry has also been wooing public health groups with sponsorship deals… Listen to audio of expert Michael Siegel here

  • Vaping Is Cool, Smoking Is Not: Could Rise Of Teen E-Cig Use Have An Upside?

    July 23, 2016

    WBUR “CommonHealth” Avrum Spira, School of Medicine Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Smoking has never been cool in my lifetime. But e-cigs are different, sort of… Expert quote (Siegel): “People are going to do behaviors that are not necessarily good for them. Let’s at least minimize the risk. That is going to save so many […]

  • More Nonsmoking Teens Inhaling Flavored Nicotine Through Vaping

    July 11, 2016

    New York Times (subscription required) Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Many teenagers who never would have smoked cigarettes are now “vaping” with flavored e-cigarettes, leading to a new generation using nicotine at rates not seen since the 1990s, a new study suggests… Expert quote: “E-cigarette use among teenagers is a largely social phenomenon. The […]

  • Public health research reduced smoking deaths – it could do the same for gun violence

    July 8, 2016

    The Conversation US By Sandro Galea, School of Public Health and Michael Siegel, School of Public Health After the most recent mass shooting in the U.S. at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said:… View full article by experts Sandro Galea and Michael Siegel

  • E-Cigarettes Act As ‘Roadblock’ To Prevent Youth From Cigarette Smoking: Report

    June 20, 2016

    Tech Times Michael Siegel, School of Public Health Whether e-cigarettes are a “gateway” or a “roadblock” to cigarette smoking among teens has long been a subject of debate… Expert quote: “If they turned into regular vapers, they wouldn’t have turned to smoking.” View full article

  • The biggest questions about gun violence that researchers would still like to see answered

    June 15, 2016

    Vox Michael Siegel, School of Public Health There are a few big things we know about gun violence in America: The US has way more guns per capita than any other country… View full article quoting expert Michael Siegel

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