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Plaintiffs Perspectives on the proposed FDA rule on menthol
Please join the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the FDA and several of our partners and colleagues as we discuss the proposed FDA rule to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. Presenters will discuss the history of menthol in the United States and the lawsuit against the FDA, including the Citizen’s Petition. Presenters will also offer their thoughts on the proposed rule and share data that supports a menthol ban. Finally, presenters will give their opinions on where we go from here.

Speakers: Dr. Phillip Gardiner (Co-Chair, AATCLC), Chris Leung (Attorney, Pollock Cohen LLC), Dr. Mark Mitchell (Co-Chair, Commission on Environmental Health, National Medical Association), Dr. Geoff Fong (Professor, University of Waterloo), Joelle Lester (Director, Commercial Tobacco Control Programs, Public Health Law Center), and Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (Managing Attorney, Action on Smoking and Health).


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Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy
Managing Attorney @Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy has been working on global tobacco control since 2013. As Managing Attorney, Kelsey leads ASH’s programs on human rights and criminal law. She also advises ASH on other legal issues. Kelsey has received commendation for her legal research, writing, and advocacy: she recently was the lead author on two articles published in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control 30th anniversary edition, and an article Kelsey wrote on Tobacco and Human Rights in Latin America was published in the American Bar Association’s International Law News and was subsequently chosen by another ABA Publication, GP Solo Magazine, to be included in a “Best of the ABA” feature issue. Kelsey strives to always continue learning and has completed numerous continuing education programs including earning a certificate from Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Health Rights Litigation.
Joelle Lester
Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Programs @Public Health Law Center (PHLC)
Joelle Lester directs the Public Health Law Center’s tobacco control work, which supports tobacco control policy change throughout the United States. Joelle coordinates the tobacco control team’s provision of legal technical assistance; oversees preparation of friend-of-the court (amicus curiae) briefs in key cases; coordinates litigation support to city and county attorneys, state attorneys general and legal counsel representing advocacy organizations and individual citizens; assists with development of educational materials; and provides educational and training presentations at state, regional and national conferences. In addition, Joelle oversees the Center’s efforts to convene national thought leaders around bold policy options to end the tobacco epidemic and organizes regional meetings to provide training and support to tobacco program managers around the country.
Mark Mitchel, M.D., MPH, FACPM
Associate Professor of Climate Change, Energy & Environmental Health Equity @George Mason University, Co-Chair, National Medical Association Commission on Environmental Health
Dr. Mitchel has spent over twenty years working in the public health sector, including as Director of Health for the city of Hartford, and fifteen years working with environmental justice communities to prevent and reduce environmentally related diseases and exposure to toxic chemicals. He is the founder and Senior Policy Advisor for the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.