Seminar Series: Michael Chaiton

Date: February 05, 2021
Time:1:30 p.m. EST

"Individual-level risks are imaginary: Understanding the impact of public health interventions through the experience of tobacco control"

061ChaitonMurray.9.02.18.jpgMichael Chaiton, PhD

Associate Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Seminar Description:
Over the past 50 years smoking prevalence has declined dramatically in Canada and other countries. Much of the success of tobacco control can be attributed to population-based interventions such as taxation and smoke-free laws. This talk will explore the hypothesis that all population health changes must be due to changes in the political, social, and regulatory environments as population change cannot emerge from individual-level interventions. 

Short Bio:
Dr. Michael Chaiton is an Independent Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto and has been active in tobacco control since 2000 when he started working for Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. He is co-director of the Collaborative Specialization on Addiction Studies. His work includes understanding the impact of policy on smoking cessation and the development of tobacco related co-morbidities.