In Search of the New Social Justice for Smokers: Do they have the Right to Harm Reduction?

Time: 1:10 pm - 1:25 pm

Date: May 26

On November 27, 2001, Dr Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation, addressed the National Conference on Tobacco or Health on the subject, “Tobacco as a Social Justice Issue.” Dr Healton described the excess burden that tobacco places on society’s poor and underserved populations and recommended ways to expand access to cessation services. She called upon the federal government to hold the tobacco industry accountable for decades of deceptive business practices. And she urged the states to fulfill their moral obligation to use Master Settlement Agreement funds to protect their citizens from future harm from tobacco. 20 years on, Dr Healton will consider what has been achieved and what has changed.


  • Dr Cheryl Healton DrPH Dean and Professor of Public Health Policy and Management - School of Global Public Health, New York University

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