Washington Health Secretary John Wiesman on Public Health, Underage Tobacco Sales

Aug 24, 2017

Washington state Health Secretary John Wiesman talks with SPR's Doug Nadvornick about his priorities, including raising the legal age for tobacco purchases, and his views of the changing nature of public health.
Credit Washington Health Care Authority

Today, we’ll devote much of the program to a conversation with Washington state Health Secretary John Wiesman. Wiesman is the state’s top public health officer. He came to Olympia four years ago from Clark County, where he was the health officer there. He has spent most of his career in public health and he has thoughts about the direction in which his industry is headed. He calls it Public Health 3.0, a return back to the way public health was a few generations ago.

But we started by asking him about his top priorities.