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International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health scope to include consumer health

Beginning in 2011, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health is expanding its scope to include consumer health, a rubric defined to include the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products.

 

IJOEH has historically covered the occupational and environmental health implications of raw material extraction, agriculture, manufacturing, and waste, as well as the health effects of some products that are generally considered environmental hazards (for instance, tobacco and pesticides). We have occasionally published papers that relate to consumer health, such as the human cancer risks associated with aspartame.  Our formal scope expansion will allow us to more fully understand the health impacts of products and processes that also present occupational and environment health problems at the moments of manufacuture and disposal.

We are currently seeking scientific and social scientific papers that address the public health impacts of consumer goods, as well as papers related to the testing, marketing, regulation, and surveillance of those goods and their health effects.  We are particularly interested in contributions that address health disparities and determinants,  investigate the impact of corporate power on consumer health, explore how health can be improved by education and action at the grassroots, and examine how occupational, environmental, and consumer health are related in global systems. 
We will not accept submissions that evaluate the performance of products meant to promote personal health or hygiene (e.g., exercise regimes or equipment, herbal remedies, toothbrushes, etc.).  We will accept only work that has an explicit public health focus.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis at www.ijoeh.com.  Questions may be directed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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...to influence multinational corporations effectively, the efforts of governments will have to be complemented by others, notably the many voluntary organisations that have shown they can effectively represent society’s public-health interests…
A small group known as Healthy Skepticism; formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) has consistently and insistently drawn the attention of producers to promotional malpractice, calling for (and often securing) correction. These organisations [Healthy Skepticism, Médecins Sans Frontières and Health Action International] are small, but they are capable; they bear malice towards no one, and they are inscrutably honest. If industry is indeed persuaded to face up to its social responsibilities in the coming years it may well be because of these associations and others like them.
- Dukes MN. Accountability of the pharmaceutical industry. Lancet. 2002 Nov 23; 360(9346)1682-4.