About the Authors
Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., is professor of medicine and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1983 he helped to defend the San Francisco Workplace Smoking Ordinance against a tobacco industry attempt to repeal it by referendum. The San Francisco victory represented the tobacco industry's first electoral defeat and is now viewed as a major turning point in the battle for nonsmokers' rights. He is one of the founders (with Peter Hanauer and others) of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. In 1982 he resurrected the film Death in the West, suppressed by Philip Morris, and developed a curriculum that has been used by an estimated one million students. In addition, he helped write and produce the films Secondhand Smoke, which concerns the health effects of involuntary smoking, and On the Air, which describes how to create a smoke-free workplace. In 1994, he received several thousand pages of previously secret tobacco industry documents and made them public at the UC San Francisco library. These documents formed the backbone of lawsuits that have cost the tobacco industry hundreds of billions of dollars. He is lead author of The Cigarette Papers (University of California Press, 1996), which explains these documents. An associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the California State Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, Dr. Glantz has served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Science Foundation, and numerous scientific publications. He conducts research on cardiovascular function, passive smoking, applied biostatistics, and tobacco policy and politics, and is the author of six books, including Primer of Biostatistics and Primer of Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance (published by McGraw-Hill), two software packages, including SigmaStat (published by SPSS, Inc.), and over one hundred scientific papers, including the first major review that identified involuntary smoking as a cause of heart disease.
Edith D. Balbach, Ph.D., is the director of the Community Health Program at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She previously worked at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California at San Francisco, where she conducted research on California tobacco policy and the implementation of California's Proposition 99. Her Ph.D. in Public Policy was earned at the University of California at Berkeley.