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Peter Boyle, Nigel Gray, Jack Henningfield, John Seffrin, and Witold Zatonski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.001.0001

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Influencing politicians to implement comprehensive tobacco control: the power of news media

Influencing politicians to implement comprehensive tobacco control: the power of news media

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(p.691) Chapter 41 Influencing politicians to implement comprehensive tobacco control: the power of news media
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Tobacco
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Simon Chapman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.003.0041

This chapter provides a brief practitioners' guide to some fundamental principles of tobacco control advocacy in its core tasks of convincing politicians to act and supporting them when they do. Politicians, particularly health ministers, are of absolutely cardinal importance for the passage of tobacco control legislation. If a health minister is not interested in tobacco control, or sees it as a political liability, that legislation will not progress. The central dilemma of tobacco control advocacy is therefore how to persuade health ministers of the importance of tobacco control and then to try to extend that influence to the health minister's cabinet colleagues, without whose support legislation will not pass. If the government's political majority relies on the votes of a small number of independent politicians, these too will be critical to efforts.

Keywords:   tobacco use, cigarette smoking, tobacco control advocacy, tobacco policy, news media, health ministers

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