Profits and pandemics: prevention of harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink industries

Posted by: on mar 22, 2013 | 3 Comentarios

The Lancet, February 2013
Rob Moodie, David Stuckler, Carlos Monteiro, Nick Sheron, Bruce Neal, Thaksaphon Thamarangsi, Paul Lincoln, Sally Casswell, on behalf of The Lancet NCD Action Group

The 2011 UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) called for multisectoral action including with the private sector and industry. However, through the sale and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, and ultra-processed food and drink (unhealthy commodities), transnational corporations are major drivers of global epidemics of NCDs. What role then should these industries have in NCD prevention and control? We emphasise the rise in sales of these unhealthy commodities in low-income and middle-income countries, and consider the common strategies that the transnational corporations use to undermine NCD prevention and control. We assess the effectiveness of selfregulation, public–private partnerships, and public regulation models of interaction with these industries and conclude that unhealthy commodity industries should have no role in the formation of national or international NCD policy. Despite the common reliance on industry self-regulation and public–private partnerships, there is no evidence of their effectiveness or safety. Public regulation and market intervention are the only evidence-based mechanisms to prevent harm caused by the unhealthy commodity industries.

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3 Comentarios

  1. Ernesto Krug Llamas
    26 marzo, 2013

    Solicito este articulo completo.

    • martinezl
      26 marzo, 2013

      Estimado Sr. Krug, gracias por el interés. Puede acceder a la versión completa del documento haciendo click en el enlace que aparece bajo el texto “Access on this link to get a complete version of the paper”. Un cordial saludo.

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