SOC410- Tobacco Presentation 10-28-10

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Saving the Children for the  Tobacco Industry Nichter and Cartwright
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Overview of US Foreign Health  Policy US spends billions of dollars on improving the health of  Third World countries each year  Vaccinations/immunization Oral rehydration for infants to prevent dehydration  (major cause of infant mortality) BUT the majority of policies focus on lowering infant  mortality These countries have high rates of smoking and  tobacco related illnesses and deaths, which the US  and the respective foreign countries do not target
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Defective Modernization Focusing on improving only the health of infants in the  Third World without looking at the household and  neighborhood environments that cause this high rate of  mortality Is this ideology sound? The quickest and most efficient way to increase life expectancy  in a Third World country is to reduce the high rates of infant  mortality BUT what are some disadvantages to this method of thinking?
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Adults Should Be Targeted As  Well Tobacco consumption in many Third World countries has  many effects Smoking leads to chronic illness Buying cigarettes diverts consumption of necessary household  resources that help raise and nourish children Children living with smoking parents will probably smoke  themselves and/or have respiratory disease when older
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A public health dilemma on what types of policies are  needed to improve the health of a population Upstream The causal factors of health outcomes Downstream Trying to fix the damage done by poverty, illnesses, etc DISCUSS Is targeting infant morality up- or downstream? Is targeting smoking-related illnesses in adults up- or 
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