Recent publications

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Chan L, El-Haddad N, Freeman B, MacKenzie R et al. Evaluation of ‘Shisha No Thanks’ - A Codesign Social Marketing Campaign on the Harms of Waterpipe Smoking. BMC Public Health 2022;22:386.
The Shisha No Thanks project was a co-design social marketing campaign that aimed to raise awareness of the harms of waterpipe smoking among young people from an Arabic speaking background in Sydney, Australia that increased awareness of messages about the harms of waterpipe smoking.

Lee K, Freudenberg N, Zenone M, Smith J et al. Measuring the Commercial Determinants of Health and Disease: A Proposed Framework. International Journal of Health Services 2022;52(1):115-128.
Despite efforts to advance the definition, conceptualization, and empirical analyses of commercial determinants of health, the term's practical application to mitigate these effects requires the capacity to measure the influences of specific components of CDoH and the cumulative impacts of CDoH on the health and well-being of specific populations.   

Lee K, Freudenberg N. Public Health Roles in Addressing Commercial Determinants of Health. Annual Review of Public Health 2022;43:1
The shared challenges posed by the production and distribution of health-harming products have led to growing recognition of the need for policy learning and transfer across problems, populations, and social contexts. The commercial determinants of health (CDoH) can serve as a unifying concept to describe the population health consequences arising from for-profit actors and activities, along with the social structures that sustain them.

Freudenberg N, Lee K, Buse K, et al. Defining Priorities for Action and Research on the Commercial Determinants of Health: A Conceptual Review. American Journal of Public Health 2021;111:2202-2211.
By tracing the origins of this concept over 2 centuries of interactions between market forces and public health action and research, we propose an expanded framework and definition of CDoH. This conceptualization enables public health professionals and researchers to more fully realize the potential of the CDoH concept to yield insights that can be used to improve global and national health and reduce the stark health inequities within and between nations. It also widens the utility of CDoH from its main current use to study noncommunicable diseases to other health conditions such as infectious diseases, mental health conditions, injuries, and exposure to environmental threats.

Zenone M, Silva D, Smith J, Lee K. How does the British Soft Drink Association respond to media research reporting on the health consequences of sugary drinks? Global Health 2021;17(1):72.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading global source of added sugar intake and consumption is associated with diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and overall mortality. Findings illustrate BSDA reliance on arguments of causation to discredit research and avoid policy interventions.

MacKenzie R. Commentary. Foreign corporations and the coup in Myanmar: The case of British American Tobacco. Asia and the Pacific Policy Forum, 4 March, 2021.
With the Myanmar military taking the reins of the country, BAT and other foreign companies that remain are bound to become intertwined in the murky dealings of the new regime.

PILAR Tobacco Project TeamPromoting Indigenous Led Action on Respecting Tobacco.  Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 2021.