Efforts focused on the individual behavior of smoking, instead of the structural issues that contribute to smoking, may miss their mark.

K illustrates how tobacco control efforts which focus on the individual behavior of smoking, instead of the structural issues that contribute to smoking, may miss their mark for many queer smokers.

When thinking about tobacco prevention from this lens, might it not seem twisted to spend so much effort to discourage or even prohibit the use of a product perceived as the only accessible form of self-care within a society that appears to disregard the underlying causes that result in one’s need for self-care in the first place? This sentiment really demonstrates participants’ awareness of how they are positioned within larger structures that they see as threatening to their well-being and also influential in their tobacco use.

As a way to encapsulate the “why bother” of a critical public health, next is Ana again who very simply articulated their perception about the explicit use of denormalization in tobacco control. Ana said…

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