Tobacco harm reduction, human rights, and public health paternalism

Time: 4:05 pm - 4:25 pm

Date: May 26

Human rights have been invoked strategically as motivation to oppose tobacco industry activities. Analysis of human rights can also be applied to tobacco harm reduction with, arguably, more support. This involves close examination and identification of the limits of public health paternalism, respect for human autonomy and agency, and advocacy for those who are marginalized in society. I will review current public health political dynamics that have placed THR in a subordinate role, and suggest some strategies to level the playing field.


  • Dr Ray Niaura Professor of Social & Behavioural Health & Co-Director of the Tobacco Research Lab - School of Global Public Health, New York University

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