Tobacco Control Policy: Strategies, Successes, and Setbacks

Tobacco Control Policy: Strategies, Successes, and Setbacks

Tobacco Control Policy: Strategies, Successes, and Setbacks

Tobacco Control Policy: Strategies, Successes, and Setbacks


Award winning title! Selected as a 2003 'Notable Government Document' by the American Librarian Association (ALA) and GODORT (Government Documents Round Table). Currently, there are over 1.2 billion tobacco users in the world, most in developing countries. Once a problem primarily in high-income countries, disease and death from tobacco use has increasingly become a burden for developing countries as well. The tobacco epidemic is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability in the world today. However, mitigating the devastating health damage caused by tobacco use is made especially difficult by nicotine's powerfully addictive properties, low prices of tobacco products, and the constant, often subtle reinforcement of social norms and encouragement to smoke through billions of dollars of advertising each year. This book contains the stories of six countries--Brazil, Bangladesh, Canada, Poland, South Africa, and Thailand. These countries, selected to provide global geographical representation, are in different stages of the tobacco epidemic and the strength and history of their tobacco control policies vary considerably. Each has achieved notable success in tobacco control policy-making, basing advocacy and policies on sound research and evidence.'Tobacco Control Policy' relates the strategies, success stories and setbacks in developing tobacco control policies in order to assist people grappling with similar issues in other countries. This book provides a collection of experiences in diverse economic, social and political situations which demonstrate the varied and important roles played by activists, health practitioners, policymakers, researchers, NGOs, politicians, and the press.


Every 10 seconds, someone dies of a tobacco-related disease. This fact is especially painful because the tobacco epidemic is one of the leading preventable causes of death and disability among adults in the world today. In addition, passive smoking has a major effect upon health, especially of children.

Once largely a problem in high-income countries, the epidemic caused by tobacco use has become an enormous and growing problem in many low- and middle-income countries. Already, half of all global deaths from tobacco occur in these countries by 2025, the proportion will have risen to 70 percent, and the number of tobacco-attributable deaths will exceed 10 million each year. This trend is exacerbated by the efforts of cigarette companies to expand sales in developing countries, where many people are still poorly informed about the harm to health that tobacco causes and many governments have not yet adopted or implemented strong policies to discourage tobacco use.

In one sense, the remedy is simple—not to use tobacco products. But deterring young people from experimenting with cigarettes and encouraging smokers to quit adds up to a big challenge. Most people underestimate the health risks of tobacco use and hugely underestimate how addictive nicotine is and how hard it is to quit. Social norms and pressures to smoke are difficult to counter, especially in the face of aggressive, alluring advertising that associates smoking with success, strength, independence, glamour, and sex. But it can be done, in both developed and developing nations. Advertising and promotion of cigarettes has been and can be stopped. Prices can be raised, and smoking banned in public places. Quit attempts can become more common and more likely to succeed with professional and peer support and help. Tobacco control measures are also extremely cost-effective.

There are many countries where committed individuals, civil society groups, and governments have worked together to define, advocate, legislate, and implement effective tobacco control policies. This book tells the . . .

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