Eric Brodell MPH, Western Regional Director

Eric joins the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation as a recent graduate from Indiana University’s School of Public Health. He completed his Master of Public Health in Behavioral, Community, and Social Health and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration and Nonprofit Management.

Throughout his time at Indiana University, Eric worked with multiple Bloomington community organizations, primarily focusing on improving youth health outcomes in low-income communities. Being an avid cyclist, Eric had the opportunity to move to Portland, OR and work with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on public health and transportation issues such as Safe Routes to School funding and transportation equity issues of marginalized and underserved communities in East Portland.

Since joining PTAF in May of 2016, Eric has been involved in passing multiple tobacco 21 and retail licensing ordinances in Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado. Eric also worked with the Tobacco 21 for Oregon Coalition to help pass Oregon’s statewide tobacco 21 law. In addition to his political work, Eric has given several policy-oriented presentations to statewide and local public health departments and coalitions.

Passionate about healthy living and preserving the outdoors for all to enjoy, Eric hopes to continue working in public health, influencing policy change to improve health outcomes for communities throughout the United States.


Rob Crane MD, President

Rob is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University. He has an abiding interest in preventing nicotine addiction and is the founder and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. He was co-chair for SmokeFree Columbus, the coalition that helped pass smoke-free legislation in a dozen Central Ohio communities and led to statewide legislation. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Public Health Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 2014 C. Everett Koop Award from the American Lung Association. He lives in the Columbus suburb of Dublin with his wife and three children.

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