Online Program

Tobacco and trade: Why all the commotion?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Donald Zeigler, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Evanston, IL
Trade agreements reduce barriers, increase competition, lower prices and promote consumption. In the case of tobacco, this results in deleterious health consequences. Conversely, tobacco control measures seek to reduce access and consumption, raise prices and restrict advertising and promotion in order to reduce health and social problems. However, provisions of current and pending international agreements that are negotiated by trade experts without public health input provide the means for governments and corporations to challenge these protections as unreasonable constraints on trade. Advocates urge APHA to adopt policy that recognizes the inherent conflicts between free trade and tobacco control and to advocate for exclusion of tobacco from trade agreements.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Explain the relevance and importance of trade agreements in assuring the control of tobacco products.

Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Tobacco Use

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented on the topic at national and international meetings and published in peer-review journals.
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.