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HEALTH MATTERS | Is sugar the new tobacco?

A first glimpse at sugar industry documents by Dr Cristin Kearns

Curbing consumption of added sugars is a significant public health challenge. Public health experts are advocating for policies–such as a sugar tax–despite fierce opposition from the food and beverage industry. Increasingly, parallels are being drawn between the sugar industry and the tobacco industry.

In 2010, Dr Kearns discovered a trove of unexplored sugar industry documents in public archives. She has since become one of the first academics to rigorously study the influence of the sugar industry on health and shed new light on the industry’s activities.

Join Dr Kearns to learn about what’s inside the sugar industry’s filing cabinets.

Dr Cristin Kearns

About the speaker

Dr Cristin Kearns is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

Her publications have been widely reported on, in both national and international media. She has been featured in both Time Magazine and in Sugar Coated, and was also the winner of the 2016 Donald Britain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary.

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