Addiction Industry Studies: Understanding How Proconsumption Influences Block Effective Interventions

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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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