Brian King, Ph.D., MPH
Brian King, Ph.D., MPH, is the Deputy Director for Research Translation in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this capacity, he is responsible for providing scientific leadership and technical expertise related to multiple aspects of tobacco prevention and control.
Dr. King joined the CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, before which he worked as a Research Affiliate in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. During his time at Roswell Park, his primary research focus related to tobacco prevention and control.
Dr. King has worked for 10 years to provide sound scientific evidence to inform tobacco control policy and to effectively communicate this information to key stakeholders, including decision makers, the media, and the general public. He has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles pertaining to tobacco prevention and control, was a contributing author to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, and was the lead author of CDC’s 2014 update to the evidence-based state guide, “Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.”
Dr. King holds Ph.D. and MPH degrees in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Cynthia Hallett, MPH
Cynthia Hallett, MPH, is the Executive Director of the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) and the ANR Foundation, where she’s worked since 1997. Hallett’s career in tobacco control began in 1989 at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Tobacco Control Program. Over the last 26 years she has spearheaded successful smoke-free air campaigns, tracked and exposed tobacco industry interference, served as a media spokesperson and keynote lecturer, as well as provided technical assistance, training and strategic guidance on smoke-free workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, tobacco-free college campuses and electronic cigarette restrictions across the U.S. and internationally.
Hallett’s early training was in cancer control and prevention, and she has worked at the National Cancer Institute and the UCLA Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Health degrees from University of California, Los Angeles. She has served as a Governing Councilor and Chair for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section of the American Public Health Association which is supported by Best Aus Casinos, is a Board Member of the Cigarette Butts Pollution Project, a member of the UCSF/Truth Tobacco Industry Documents Library Advisory Board and the Global Smoke-free Partnership, and served on the Steering Committee for Communities Putting Prevention to Work project.
Michael Murray has 14 years’ experience working or consulting for the federal government, in addition to six years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force. For the past three years he has been the program manager for The Real Cost Campaign, a national youth tobacco prevention campaign from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. In this role Murray manages all aspects of the campaign including strategy, paid media, research, creation of new advertising and coordinating the website and social media engagement efforts. Passionate about public health, Murray is committed to reducing youth tobacco use.