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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. is a former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration. He is now a director of the American Ditchley Foundation and sits on the advisory board of the Children's Scholarship Fund.

He is the Chairman and President of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. [1]

"Served as President Lyndon Johnson's chief assistant for domestic affairs and as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1977 to 1979. He practiced law in Washington, D.C. and New York until he founded CASA. He is the author of nine books and a member of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine." [2]

Games company Midway notes that "Joseph A. Califano, Jr. joined our Board in 2004. Since 1979, Mr. Califano has served as Chairman and President, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Mr. Califano is an adjunct professor of public health at Columbia University ’s Medical School and School of Public Health, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Califano is a director of Viacom Inc., ADP, Inc. and Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. He serves on the audit committees of ADP and Viacom, in addition to ours. Among other distinguished government positions, Mr. Califano served as Secretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare from 1977 to 1979."

Tobacco Issues

AS HEW Secretary, Califano was strongly supportive of public health policies to reduce tobacco use.

In 1979 speech before the Tobacco and Allied Industries Division of the American Jewish Committee, Horace Kornegay, President of the Tobacco Institute, called "anti smoking" the "new anti-semitism" and referred to Secretary Califano as "Ayatollah Califano," a reference to Secretary Califano's leadership in advancing policies to reduce smoking in the U.S. [3]

Califano also spoke against the tobacco industry on ABC's "Day One" program. He testified before the Waxman subcommittee on 5/17/94. He was an adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson (AP 5/17/94). He was President of Columbia University's Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, circa 1994 (Associate Press 5/17/94).

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External resources


  1. National Council, American Foundation for AIDS Research, accessed September 11, 2007.
  2. About, Century Foundation, accessed February 16, 2008.
  3. Directors, CBS, accessed December 9, 2007.
  4. Trustees, Urban Institute, accessed August 29, 2008.

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