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Educating the Public and Lawmakers about Tobacco Industry Interference


Jan 28, 2021 11:40 AM

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Ann Boonn
Director of Research @Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Ann Boonn is a Director of Research at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world. Ann primarily provides support and technical assistance on federal, state, and local tobacco tax issues, including developing projections on the public health and economic benefits of tobacco tax increases. In addition, she monitors and collects information on the tobacco industry marketing trends and the introduction of new and innovative tobacco products. The results are used to develop and refine the Campaign’s strategies and tactics, as well as to create fact sheets, reports, and media materials. Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Brown University in Providence, RI, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, NY.
Barbara Schillo
Senior Vice President @Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute
Barbara Schillo, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of the Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute. Dr. Schillo assists Truth Initiative's leadership in conducting science and policy-related research to help inform youth and young adult tobacco-related policy and practice. She provides scientific expertise on tobacco science and policy implications by overseeing SI-commissioned research studies, developing knowledge synthesis papers, convening strategic consensus meetings, and developing regulatory submissions. Previously, Barbara served as Vice President for ClearWay Minnesota, where she oversaw research and cessation programs, led efforts to translate knowledge into initiatives that reduce tobacco use, and provided strategic leadership. She has a passion for engaging in research that advances policy, having been actively involved in generating science to inform the adoption of Minnesota's comprehensive smoking ban, a tobacco tax increase and other policies.
Julie Bisbee
Executive Director @Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
Julie Bisbee is the Executive Director for TSET. Bisbee is the former Director of Public Information and Outreach for the agency, and was responsible for communicating with lawmakers, policy makers and stakeholders about TSET’s impact on the health of Oklahoma communities while serving in that role. Prior to her time at TSET, Bisbee served as the policy director for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade. Bisbee has a degree in journalism from Ball State University, has completed the Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and completed the legal assistant program at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.