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Developments in global tobacco and alcohol policy

An open access cross-journal collection

Alcohol and tobaccoAlcohol and tobacco are among the most widely consumed psychoactive drugs. The substances are consumed for many reasons, which may include their effects on the brain and body, as well as for social and cultural reasons.

However, alcohol and tobacco also rank among the most harmful psychoactive substances. They are leading causes of morbidity and mortality, and can cause harm not only to the individual, but to society as a whole. In many jurisdictions legal alcohol and tobacco are widely available, though the regulatory framework surrounding them can vary considerably from country to country.

In May of 2018, the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 came into effect. The law aims to reduce excessive drinking and the associated harms but was delayed due to a Supreme Court challenge by industry bodies.

In December 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory warning of an “E-cigarette epidemic among youth”. Around the same time in the United Kingdom, Public Health England maintained that e-cigarette use is 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco, and launched a campaign seeking to encourage adults to switch.

Alcohol and tobacco polices generate a significant amount of public interest, and can be surrounded by no small amount of controversy. This special thematic series aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding global alcohol and tobacco policy, from a variety of different viewpoints.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Innovation in alcohol and tobacco policy and policy development
  • Implementation and evaluation of policies and their effects
  • Global governance of alcohol and tobacco
  • Economic analysis of policies including studies of behavioral economics
  • Opinions and feedback on policies from healthcare professionals, policymakers and public
  • Controversy, conflicts-of-interest, industry involvement in policy formation
  • Global influences on the diffusion of alcohol and tobacco commodities

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  1. To support a move towards a coordinated non-communicable disease approach in public health policy, it is important to conceptualise changes to policy on tobacco and alcohol as affecting a single interlinked sy...

    Authors: Duncan Gillespie, Jenny Hatchard, Hazel Squires, Anna Gilmore and Alan Brennan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:17

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) are among the most prevalent mental disorders in the world. They are the leading risk factor for premature mortality and disability among 15 to 49-year-olds. Links between alcohol m...

    Authors: Morgane Guillou Landreat, Céline Beauvais, Marie Grall Bronnec, Delphine Le Goff, Jean Yves Le reste, Delphine Lever, Antoine Dany and Karine Gallopel Morvan

    Citation: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2020 15:90

    Content type: Research

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  3. In October 2018, the Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC or Convention) adopted its first decision on novel and emerging tobacco products, including heated tobacco pr...

    Authors: Lukasz Gruszczynski and Margherita Melillo

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:81

    Content type: Research

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  4. Both alcohol drinking and second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure have shown a strong association with smoking behaviour. This study uses mediation analysis to clarify the process underlying the relationship between ...

    Authors: Haoxiang Lin, Chun Chang and Zhao Liu

    Citation: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2020 15:67

    Content type: Research

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  5. Worldwide, tobacco use has caused over 100 million deaths in the twentieth century and is projected to cause death in up to one billion people in the twenty-first century. It is a leading cause of early death ...

    Authors: Brian Colwell, Kizito B. A. Mosema, Matthew S. Bramble and Jay Maddock

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:66

    Content type: Research

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  6. Drug use can lead to several psychological, medical and social complications. The current study aimed to measure and decomposes socioeconomic-related inequalities in drug use among adults in Iran.

    Authors: Mehdi Moradinazar, Farid Najafi, Farzad Jalilian, Yahya Pasdar, Behrooz Hamzeh, Ebraim Shakiba, Mohammad Hajizadeh, Ali Akbar Haghdoost, Reza Malekzadeh, Hossein Poustchi, Marzeyeh Nasiri, Hassan Okati-Aliabad, Majid Saeedi, Fariborz Mansour-Ghanaei, Sara Farhang, Ali Reza Safarpour…

    Citation: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2020 15:39

    Content type: Research

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  7. In China, substance use disorders represent a significant burden on public health and the economy. However, while the range of drugs and drug markets expands and diversifies, the instruments available to evalu...

    Authors: Huiyuan Gao, Meizhu Liu, Xu Luo, Jun Zhang and Taisheng Cai

    Citation: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2020 15:28

    Content type: Research

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