Prevention and Protection Policies for Youth Use of E-Cigarettes and Tobacco Products
11:40 - 11:55
Safety & Health Effects
Everyone in public health tries to prevent any tobacco/nicotine use by youth, but it is shortsighted to also neglect the different policy needs for those youth who are already using such products. Moral psychology informs the powerful desire to prevent any contamination of youth as well as a sometimes-opposing desire to protect youth product users from doing greater harm to themselves. Dominant messages that ‘no product is harmless’ or ‘a safe alternative to cigarettes’ can be of low relevance to the many low-risk youth; while they can mislead the fewer young product users by providing no information on major differences in harms and by leaving many with the belief that the product harms are equal.
- Prof Lynn T. Kozlowski Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior - School of Public Health & Health Professions, University at Buffalo, SUNY
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