Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health

By Eric A. Feldman; Ronald Bayer | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Tobacco Control in Comparative
Perspective: Eight Nations in Search
of an Explanation

Theodore R. Marmor and Evan S. Lieberman

Since the 1960s, governments in economically advanced democratic nations have significantly increased their regulatory control over tobacco. The prevalence of cigarette smoking, as the chapters in this book demonstrate, has diminished in these countries. Factors other than government policy—especially shifts in social norms—have influenced that decline, but those norms have themselves been directly and indirectly influenced by government policies. In short, tobacco consumption has become, in part, a political outcome. Governments have been sites of great conflict over the use of tobacco.

Reflecting on the experience of these eight nations, we are struck by important similarities and differences in the politics of tobacco control. Given the rich national histories presented in this volume, what value do we hope to add by our comparative analysis? Identifying the variation in government control policies is our starting point. Doing so requires us to clarify how we characterize the tobacco policies of particular countries and how we explain why they vary. Government policy is a relatively large and unwieldy subject of analysis, difficult to measure and to compare. In this respect, comparative tobacco-policy analysis is analogous to other forms of cross-national research on public policy, raising a number of longstanding debates within political science and sociology about the advantages and disadvantages of case study, structured comparison, and statistical methods.1

There are solid grounds for believing that the contemporary efforts of industrial democracies to control smoking reflect some common


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 394

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?