An Intersectionality based framework for tobacco control

Douglas, Jenny (2019). An Intersectionality based framework for tobacco control. In: Hankivsky, Olena and Jordon-Zachery, Julia S. eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy. The Politics of Intersectionality. London: Palgrave, pp. 309–328.



While Pederson, Greaves and Poole (2014) propose a framework for gender-transformative health promotion to address tobacco control, this chapter proposes an intersectionality based framework for health promotion and tobacco control. This approach offers a more nuanced understanding of health promotion and tobacco control precisely because it does not consider gender as an independent category. Gender cannot exist as an independent category and always intersects with ‘race’, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and class (Phoenix and Pattynama, 2006). This chapter argues that public health research and policy on cigarette smoking and tobacco control must acknowledge the social and cultural context of cigarette smoking in order to develop relevant and appropriate public health programmes and policies.

First, I review the literature on young people and cigarette smoking, focusing specifically on the gaps in the literature and the absence of research studies on African-Caribbean young women and cigarette smoking in the UK. Following this, I present a summary of my research study which uses Cole’s (2009) questions in developing an intersectional research methodology. Finally, I argue that an intersectionality-informed research evidence base is necessary to develop an intersectionality based framework for tobacco control policies that are relevant to global tobacco use in the 21st century.

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