The what is and why bother with a critical public health

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Typically, public health is defined as “promot(ing) and protect(ing) the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play” (from the APHA website). On the surface, this is pretty uncontroversial. It’s straightforward — might be a bit vague, but it’s a straightforward description of what people in the public health field are all working towards. But upon closer reflection, there are some questions that we should be asking…

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References & Resources 1. Abrams, DB, Glasser, AM, Pearson, JL, Villanti, AC, Collins, LK, & Niaura, RS (2018). Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control: Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to …

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It’s time to rethink public health interventions. As Judith Green has argued in a different context, it’s time to “move away from tightly monitored outcomes” — like smoking, for our …

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We need a more critical approach to tobacco research in the United States. Though our e-cigarette study was just wrapping up when these new laws went into effect, we nevertheless …

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To be fair, given that early initiation of smoking is associated with long-term nicotine dependence and tobacco-related diseases, perhaps it is understandable that many practitioners and researchers have adopted a …

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…I think that quote said it all. As long as tobacco control efforts continue to stigmatize smoking, they may fail to reduce health inequities. But before moving on, it is …

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Substance use is often considered a problem to be solved by the surveillance of youth. The ways in which young dual users in our study talked about vaping for smoking …

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For many of the young dual users in our study, starting on a path towards smoking cessation by integrating vaping was important because quitting smoking “cold turkey” had not worked …

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Dual users in our study overwhelmingly emphasized the utility of dual use. Vaping wasn’t considered cool but instead vaping alongside of smoking helped to reduce their risk from smoking. Which …

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