Public Health, Politics, & Broken Trust: The Current State of Tobacco Harm Reduction in the U.S

Time: 11:20 am - 11:35 am

Date: May 26

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of more than 550,000 people in the U.S. since March 2020. This number we are told could have been far larger without the public policy interventions to date, which involved a heavy intervention by public health professionals informed largely by an all-or-nothing tolerance for harm. Meanwhile, nearly half a million lives are lost every year in the United States from cigarette smoking, and the majority of policies we see states and federal lawmakers considering vis a vis tobacco control would actually move more people away from and not toward less harmful products like e-cigarettes. This session will explore the current state of harm reduction politics in the U.S., and examine the resurgence of cigarette use over the past twelve months as a result of these trends.


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