Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

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Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, 2024 PEP Fellow, is featured in the final episode of the new Audible original podcast series, “Backfired: The Vaping Wars,” which premiered at the 2024 Tribeca Film Festival June 16

The series delves into “the business of unintended consequences,” looking at the polarizing story of e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, which was founded to help offer a less harmful alternative to combustible cigarettes. Hartmann-Boyce, who sits on Health Canada’s Scientific Advisory Board for Vaping Products, provided the podcasters with papers on the illegal vape market and discusses her work in synthesizing evidence for tobacco control health policy. Listen to the interview here 

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, 2024 PEP Fellow, discusses the appeal of e-cigarettes to young people in a new article

According to Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, young people are staying away from traditional cigarettes more than ever before. “That's really good news,” says Hartmann-Boyce. “That number had been steadily declining for some time and has now really steeply declined. So we are at a very small proportion of high schoolers and middle schools who report ever smoking, or certainly recently smoking, and that is, from a public health perspective, really good news.” Read more here


In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research