Regulating Tobacco

By Robert L. Rabin; Stephen D. Sugarman | Go to book overview

8
Clean Indoor Air Restrictions:
Progress and Promise
Peter D. Jacobson & Lisa M. Zapawa

For the past 25 years, the enactment of strong clean indoor air laws has been a primary goal of the tobacco control movement. From a legislative perspective, the issue has been how to translate increasingly broad public support for clean indoor air restrictions into laws that protect the public from the harms of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS, also known as passive or secondhand smoke) without unduly burdening individual rights to consume a legal product. 1

Even today, when smoking in public places is highly regulated in many states, the debate over the scope of that regulation is far from settled. That the state has the right to regulate smoking to secure the public's health is beyond question. The policy debate is about when, how, and under what circumstances the state should exercise that power (Jacobson, Wasserman, and Raube 1993).

In this chapter, we review the extent to which the goal of enacting strong clean indoor air laws has been achieved and how effective the laws have been. We begin with a discussion of the justifications for clean indoor air laws, followed by arguments against them. In the second section, we describe recent trends in the enactment of federal, state, and local clean indoor air laws. We also discuss how those laws have diffused across jurisdictions and the rise of voluntary smoking restrictions. Then, we discuss what is known about the effectiveness of clean indoor air laws in reducing the tobacco-related health costs to employers and employees, in helping smokers quit altogether, and in encouraging the voluntary adoption of no-smoking policies. The final section discusses the prospects for future policy development and the ration-

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  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents vii
  • About the Contributors ix
  • Regulating Tobacco *
  • 1 - Perspectives on Policy: Introduction 3
  • 2 - The Politics of Tobacco Regulation in the United States 11
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • 3 - Taxing Tobacco: The Impact of Tobacco Taxes on Cigarette Smoking and Other Tobacco Use 39
  • References *
  • 4 - Marketing Policies 72
  • Notes *
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  • 5 - Reducing Harm to Smokers: Methods, Their Effectiveness, and the Role of Policy 111
  • Notes *
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  • 6 - Reducing the Supply of Tobacco to Youths 143
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  • 7 - The Third Wave of Tobacco Tort Litigation 176
  • Notes *
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  • 8 - Clean Indoor Air Restrictions: Progress and Promise 207
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  • 9 - International Aspects of Tobacco Control and the Proposed Who Treaty 245
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  • Index 285
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