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Truth Telling about Tobacco and Nicotine

Critical Public Health Research Group, Prevention Research Center, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 601, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Center for Critical Public Health, Institute for Scientific Analysis, 1150 Ballena Boulevard, Suite 211, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(4), 530;
Received: 4 January 2019 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 5 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Harm Reduction)
Research suggests that many people in the US are misinformed about the relative harms of various tobacco and nicotine products. Concerns about public misinformation have often been framed as relevant only to the degree that public health institutions agree to prioritize conventional approaches to tobacco harm reduction. We argue that while the information priorities of public health professionals are important, ethical and credible information sharing also requires consideration of broader issues related to public trust. To promote trust, public health institutions must develop truth telling relationships with the communities they serve and be genuinely responsive to what people themselves want to know about tobacco and nicotine products. View Full-Text
Keywords: tobacco; nicotine; e-cigarettes; ENDS; harm reduction; trust tobacco; nicotine; e-cigarettes; ENDS; harm reduction; trust
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Annechino, R.; Antin, T.M. Truth Telling about Tobacco and Nicotine. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 530.

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