Joining Environmental and Health Advocacy to Reduce Tobacco's Burden on People and Ecosystems

60 Minutes

Thomas E. Novotny, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University School of Public Health

Dr. Novotny is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Public Health. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (MD 1973) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MPH Epidemiology 1992). The University of Nebraska awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2015. Previously, he served as an epidemiologist in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. He co-directed the Joint PhD program in Global Health at SDSU/UCSD from 2009-2015, and he has done extensive research on tobacco and the environment. In 2010, he founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, a research, educational, and advocacy non-profit organization that addresses tobacco’s impact on the environment. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Association, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Webinar Objectives
  1. Explain three environmental damages that are due to tobacco product waste
  2. Evaluate two current policy approaches to mitigating tobacco product waste
  3. Assess two risks and benefits of a sales ban on single use filters
  4. Analyze two current tobacco industry corporate social responsibility efforts on tobacco and the environment
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Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # 64239.


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This UCSF CME activity was planned and developed to uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

All speakers, planning committee members and reviewers have disclosed they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Anita Browning, Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Jennifer Matekuare, Thomas E. Novotny, MD, MPH, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Catherine Saucedo, and Aria Yow, MA.

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