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Overcoming a powerful tobacco lobby in enacting local smoking ordinances: the Contra Costa County experience.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8919958     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As part of a comprehensive tobacco education campaign, local health departments throughout California have been engaged in the process of enacting local clean indoor air ordinances to protect the public from the effects of secondhand smoke. This paper describes how a Northern California Bay Area health department worked with city and county governments to pass ordinances in the face of persistent tobacco industry opposition. The key strategies used by the health department included organizing broad-based coalitions, achieving effective use of the media, and educating the business community. Tobacco industry tactics included establishing local front groups that launched a massive misinformation campaign to frighten local businesses into believing that passage of an ordinance would adversely affect their business. Finally, the authors discuss how the tobacco industry has created a climate through state and national legislative activity to undermine the ability of local health departments to pursue effective tobacco control policies, most notably through preemptive legislation.
G A Ellis; R L Hobart; D F Reed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of public health policy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0197-5897     ISO Abbreviation:  J Public Health Policy     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-14     Completed Date:  1997-01-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006508     Medline TA:  J Public Health Policy     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Tobacco Prevention Project, Contra Costa County Health Services Department, Martinez, CA 94553, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence*
Persuasive Communication
Plants, Toxic*
Smoking / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence*,  prevention & control

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