The impact diverging public opinion on cannabis and tobacco regulation has on constructive engagement between advocates

The impact diverging public opinion on cannabis and tobacco regulation has on constructive... Public and professional opinion has diverged considerably on cannabis and tobacco regulation, making it increasingly unlikely that advocates in these disparate areas will engage constructively in discussions about best practice policy interventions, to the detriment of both sides.There is an irony that California was the first state to enact a state‐wide ban on smoking in public places in 1995 , extended recently to include vaping , and was then also the first to legalize medical use of marijuana in 1996 and now recreational use of cannabis .As Hall & Kozlowski point out, there is an acceptance by advocates of cannabis legalization of the social value of recreational cannabis use by adults, and concern about any risk of physical harm is outweighed by this. This message resonates increasingly with public opinion; a Gallup poll in 2015 found 60% support for cannabis legalization in the United States, up from only 36% in 2005 .Conversely, tobacco control advocates are moving in favour of increasing restriction of use , as are the public. In the United States, support for a ban on smoking in all public places rose from 40 to 59% between 2007 and 2011, during which time support for a total http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Addiction Wiley

The impact diverging public opinion on cannabis and tobacco regulation has on constructive engagement between advocates

Addiction , Volume 113 (4) – Jan 1, 2018

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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© 2018 Society for the Study of Addiction
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0965-2140
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1360-0443
D.O.I.
10.1111/add.14024
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Abstract

Public and professional opinion has diverged considerably on cannabis and tobacco regulation, making it increasingly unlikely that advocates in these disparate areas will engage constructively in discussions about best practice policy interventions, to the detriment of both sides.There is an irony that California was the first state to enact a state‐wide ban on smoking in public places in 1995 , extended recently to include vaping , and was then also the first to legalize medical use of marijuana in 1996 and now recreational use of cannabis .As Hall & Kozlowski point out, there is an acceptance by advocates of cannabis legalization of the social value of recreational cannabis use by adults, and concern about any risk of physical harm is outweighed by this. This message resonates increasingly with public opinion; a Gallup poll in 2015 found 60% support for cannabis legalization in the United States, up from only 36% in 2005 .Conversely, tobacco control advocates are moving in favour of increasing restriction of use , as are the public. In the United States, support for a ban on smoking in all public places rose from 40 to 59% between 2007 and 2011, during which time support for a total

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Published: Jan 1, 2018

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