247742 PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING, SOCIAL Justice and the Tobacco Industry

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM

Ruth Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN , Dept of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Background and issues: The tobacco industry has been identified as the “vector” of the tobacco epidemic. While nurses are aware of the harmful effects of tobacco use and the industry's targeted marketing of deadly products to marginalized groups, they may be unaware of the multiple ways in which tobacco companies have aggressively sought to disrupt, undermine, and weaken public health and tobacco control initiatives from the local to the international levels. Educating nurses, nursing organizations and the public about the tobacco industry's deceptive activities and their social justice implications can encourage support for tobacco control policies and motivate increased nursing involvement in tobacco control. Description: Drawing on multiple studies of internal tobacco company documents and secondary data sources, this presentation will review the multiple ways in which tobacco companies interfere with effective public health policies. The development of the Nightingales Nurses, a group focused on highlighting the industry's role in this global disease pandemic, and the social justice implications of tobacco control will be discussed. Lessons learned: Knowledge about the tobacco industry's unethical activities can be used to motivate nurses' increased involvement in tobacco control advocacy. Nursing's voice remains underrepresented in tobacco control given its numbers, but nurses can be effective tobacco control leaders. Recommendations: Every nursing organization should develop strong policies a) against acceptance of funding or support from tobacco companies; b) requiring major gatherings to be held in smokefree venues and cities; c) promoting collaboration with multidisciplinary tobacco control groups and encouraging nurse involvement in tobacco control advocacy.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify three ways in which the tobacco industry seeks to undermine effective tobacco control efforts.

Keywords: Tobacco Control, Public Health Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have researched, published, and consulted about tobacco industry activities for many years, edit the leading international journal in the tobacco control field, and founded the Nightingales Nurses.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.