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Presented by Dr Jennifer Lacy-Nichols
Introduction by Dr Katherine Cullerton

Commercial actors play a vital role in society, yet many of their practices and products are responsible for escalating levels of avoidable ill health and social and health inequity; problems increasingly referred to as the ‘commercial determinants of health’ (CDOH). While much is known about how commercial products such as tobacco, alcohol, ultra-processed foods and fossil fuels damage health, the many other ways in which commercial practices in pursuit of profit can harm health and drive inequities are often overlooked in public health. This presentation introduces key findings from the Lancet series on CDoH and considers how the public health community must grapple with the diversity of the commercial sector to move forward on issues such as public-private partnerships, conflicts of interest and divestment.

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