- United States of America
Michelle Minton is a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation. Minton specializes in consumer policy, covering regulatory issues that include gambling, tobacco harm reduction, cannabis legalization, alcohol, and nutrition.
Minton has authored numerous studies, including topics like the effectiveness and unintended consequences of sin taxes and history of gambling regulation. Her analyses have been published and cited by nationally respected news outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today as well as peer-reviewed journals. She regularly appears in news media to discuss the unintended effects of laws and rules designed to save adults from their own choices which, not only conflicts with the principle of individual liberty, but often the goals of public health.
Ms. Minton holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science from the University of new England.
When not working, Minton engages in hands-on “research” in her areas of expertise by spending many hours playing poker, enjoying salty foods, and drinking delicious craft beers.
- New Zealand
Marewa Glover is director of the independent Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking based in Auckland, New Zealand. Funded by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, the center aims to reduce the harms associated with tobacco use among all indigenous people globally. Glover is also tobacco section editor for the international Harm Reduction Journal.
As a behavioral scientist, Glover has led and collaborated on many studies resulting in more than 100 scientific publications. In 2019, she was one of three finalists for the prestigious New Zealander of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to reducing tobacco smoking harm over the past 30 years and advocating for a harm-reduction approach to combustible cigarette smoking.
In June 2019, Glover won awards for Best Picture and Best Director at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland, for a short video series that she wrote and commissioned. At the 2018 Global Forum on Nicotine Glover received the Outstanding Advocate award from the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations. Glover is a former professor of public health at Massey University and a former chair of End Smoking NZ, a charitable trust that has lobbied for tobacco harm reduction for more than a decade.