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Tobacco Product Waste Prevention and Mitigation


Aug 27, 2020 10:40 AM

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Raquel Fernandez Megina
President @Nofumadores.org
Raquel Fernández Megina has a degree in Journalism and has been the president of Nofumadores.org since 2005. Raquel devoted her time to develop this idea to empower citizens to protect their right to a smoke free environment. She started to coordinate a small group of passionate people from every corner of Spain with, virtually, zero resources. Over the years, they contributed decisively to make sure there is some accountability for Big Tobacco and Lawmakers not willing to advance or enforce Anti-Smoking laws in Spain. Nofumadores.org’s proposals to all parliamentary groups for inclusion in their amendments to the tobacco bill proposal in 2010 were integrated into the law with the same wording. Under her leadership Nofumadores.org has been a Watchdog, asking different Spanish administrations to abide by their own laws, being especially active against the association between the Big Owners of Bars and Restaurants & the Tobacco industry.
Dr. Thomas Novotny
Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Biostatistic @San Diego State University & Founder of Cigarette Butt Project
Thomas Novotny, MD MPH DSc 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). During a 23-year career, he served as a Family Physician in Northern California, as CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in Colorado, Medical Epidemiologist in the Office on Smoking and Health, and CDC Liaison to the World Bank in DC. He served in the Clinton and Bush Administrations as HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Refugee Health and Assistant Surgeon General from 1999-2002. He re-joined the US Department of HHS as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine) in 2015-17. In 2010, he founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, a research, educational, and advocacy NGO that addresses tobacco’s impact on the environment.
Hudson Kingston
Staff Attorney @Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Hudson Kingston, JD, LLM, is a staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center, providing legal technical assistance on commercial tobacco control issues to public health professionals and organizations, legal professionals, and advocates throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center Hudson gained experience as a public interest lawyer with a focus on environmental law, consumer protection, and government and corporate accountability. Past employers include the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Center for Food Safety, Center for Digital Democracy, and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. While in law school he worked internationally on human rights in India and trade policy in Laos, and earned two LL.M. degrees in human rights and trade law while living in Singapore. He is a big fan of the Boundary Waters and is an avid runner, winning the Ely Marathon in 2017.