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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Addiction Industry Studies: Understanding How Proconsumption Influences Block Effective Interventions

The legalized consumption of products with addiction potential, such as tobacco and alcohol, contributes in myriad ways to poor physical and mental health and to deterioration in social well- being. These impacts are well documented, as are a range of public health interventions that are demonstrably effective in reducing harm.

I have discussed the capacity for the profits from these substances to be deployed in ways that block or divert resources from interventions known to be effective.

Addiction industry studies constitute a new and previously neglected area of research focusing specifically on understanding the salient relationships that determine policy and regulation. This understanding will increase the odds of adopting effective interventions.

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