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The Brief Pod: Vice policy

09 October 2018

On this episode of The Brief, Simone Dennis takes a look at how public health regulations actually affect the lives of smokers, vapers, and drinkers.

The future of smoking in Australia seems to be up in the air. Last week North Sydney CBD announced plans to go smoke-free, a decision that comes on the back of Big Tobacco’s failed attempt to get around Australia’s ban on vaping in public places. Regulations on smoking and other vices raise questions about not only the use of public space, but also the conflict between public health and individual rights. On this episode of The Brief, Simone Dennis shines a light on the unintended consequences of vice policies – from the growing fear of third-hand smoke to the potential for anti-smoking agendas to compound social inequalities.

Listen to the podcast here.

Professor Simone Dennis is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the ANU Research School of Humanities & the Arts, specialising in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Public Health and Health Services.

Edwina Landale is the presenter of The Brief. She is a student of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the ANU.

Show notes | The following were referred to in this episode:

Smokefree: A Social, Moral and Political Atmosphere by Simone Dennis

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