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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

We encourage authors to visit the websites listed below of each individual journal within this collection, for information on criteria and suitability of their manuscript before deciding where to submit. In the submission system please make sure that the correct collection title is chosen at the 'Additional Information' step. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for this collection.

Participating journals

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