Scott D. Ballin has spent more than 40 years involved in issues related to tobacco and public health. He has worked on a spectrum of tobacco and nicotine issues ranging from labeling reforms on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of tobacco, excise taxes, clean indoor air laws and tobacco agriculture reforms.
For more than 10 years he served as the American Heart Association’s vice president and legislative counsel, as well as a steering committee member and two-time chairman of the Coalition on Smoking or Health, which was the first truly active national coalition in the tobacco control movement.
He served on the steering committee of the Alliance for Health Economic and Agriculture Development (AHEAD), an organization formed to bring parties together to work for the enactment of recommendations contained in a presidential report, “Tobacco at a Crossroads.”
In recent years he has worked as an advisor to the University of Virginia on a series of dialogues—“The Morven Dialogues”—on tobacco, nicotine and harm reduction, and he also served as a consultant and advisor to the Food and Drug Law Institute’s tobacco conferences in 2016 and 2017.
He has authored a series of white papers on tobacco harm reduction, and he has given expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and the FDA on numerous occasions. Ballin is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a graduate of the George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, USA.