Bay Area Research Forum

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Oakland Coliseum
East Side Club
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621

The Tobacco Industry Has A Kids Menu


The availability of flavored tobacco products is a growing nationwide epidemic that is plaguing our Northern California communities.

Four out of five youth who have ever used a tobacco product started with a flavored tobacco product, and when asked why, say because they come in flavors they like. For decades the tobacco industry has targeted youth, communities of color, and LGBTQ population and continues to do so with the rise of electronic smoking devices. With more than 15,000 flavors of tobacco like sour worm and cotton candy, it’s clear that our youth are being set up for lifelong addiction. 

On September 3, join us to learn what leaders in the Bay Area are doing to fight back. Our panel of experts will share leading research, what's happening in our local schools, advocacy efforts, and how this addiction epidemic has affected families and youth. Thanks to our gracious hosts, the Oakland A's, tickets to the baseball game following the discussion forum are included. 



Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. She is also the founder and executive director of the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit and the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit.

Valerie B. Yerger, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and Associate Professor in Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a founding member of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC). The overarching goal of Dr. Yerger’s work is to frame the disproportionate burden of tobacco among marginalized communities as a social injustice, and to inform public health policies so they effectively reach these communities.

Christine Chessen, MBA, is a mom of three, an advocate for PAVe - Parents Against Vaping E-Cigarettes, and recent empty-nester drawn to fight the growing epidemic of nicotine addiction that is blindsiding families and schools everywhere.

Jasmine Gerraty works at Bay Area Community Resources as the Youth Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. In Marin County she runs a youth internship program where high school students drive initiatives in tobacco control policies, enforcement, community education and media campaigns.

with a special performance by SixFootah The Poet!



Parking at the Coliseum will be free. Please park in Lot A. Go the east side of that lot (nearest the BART tracks) and then walk up the ramp. Doors for the East Side Club will be on your right.  


From the Richmond line, use the Coliseum stop. That platform is only steps from the East Side Club doors.  


Please allow time to park and get inside. Check-in will begin at 5:00 with hors d'oeuvres and networking. There are cash bars available at the Coliseum for those who are interested. Ballpark attire is acceptable.


Tickets may be purchased using the RSVP button at the top of this page.  Sponsorships are also available using that button.

Youth Sponsorship: If you are attending and also want to sponsor youth to attend, purchase the amount of tickets you want and write the names of ticket holders + “youth” in the ticket holder box. If you are not attending but want to sponsor youth to attend, purchase the desired number of tickets and write “youth” in the ticket holder box.


If you are the guest of a sponsor, please register here.


A's logo for Bay Area Research Reception


Thank you to our hosts, the Oakland A's, who invite you to stay for the game.


A's logo for Bay Area Research ReceptionGame time is 7:05PM

Oakland A's vs Los Angeles Angels






Thank you  to our corporate sponsors.


Gold Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente

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Silver Sponsor: Bristol-Myers Squibb



For more information about the event, or for sponsorship information, please contact Jen Grand-Lejano at 510-464-8107 

or [email protected]


Contributions or membership payments to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc. are not tax deductible.