Public health policy and unhealthy commodities

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IGHD invite you to the first in the Grand Challenges Seminar series 2016-17.

Join Professor Jeff Collin from the Global Public Health Unit at University of Edinburgh with his seminar:

Public health policy and unhealthy commodities: Assessing strategic and structural links across alcohol, tobacco and ultra-processed food manufacturers.

The increased prominence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within global health and development agendas is epitomised by their inclusion within the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet the terms of this inclusion highlight major tensions that undermine the efficacy and legitimacy of national and international health initiatives. The commercial drivers of NCD epidemics are largely ignored, while commitments to partnership with alcohol and food producers ignore conflicts between health objectives and economic interests. Conversely, tobacco control is to be pursued via a distinctive model of health governance centred on protecting health policy from tobacco industry interference.

This presentation questions the viability of ‘tobacco exceptionalism’ within health policy. Alongside the comparable health impacts of alcohol, ultra-processed food and tobacco products, there has been increasing recognition of strategic similarities, policy learning and collaboration across their leading producers. This presentation adds an examination of structural links through mergers and acquisitions and via interlocking directorates, exploring inter-firm ties, cross-sectoral links and access to political elites as well as to health and development agencies. Through a case study of SAB Miller, a leading brewer with extensive ties across tobacco and food industries, the seminar will highlight the potential significance of understanding such links to transforming health governance.

After the seminar, there will be a chance to discuss the topic with the speaker over tea, coffee and cakes.

If you have any questions, please email us on ighd@qmu.ac.uk

This seminar will be held in Room 0066

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