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Title: Legislative action to combat the world tobacco epidemic / Ruth Roemer ; with a chapter by Richard A. Daynard
Other Titles: L' action législative contre l' épidémie mondiale de tabagisme
Acción legislativa contra la epidemia mundial de la tabaquismo
Authors: Roemer, Ruth
World Health Organization
Issue Date: 1993
Edition: 2nd ed
Publisher: Geneva : World Health Organization
Language: Arabic
English
French
Spanish
Abstract: Examines the ways in which legislation - whether involving comprehensive national laws or personal litigation against the tobacco industry - is being used to reduce tobacco use and promote the goal of a tobacco-free society. Drawin upon over 250 studies conducted throughout the world, the book concentrates on the many promising new legislative strategies that have developed within a climate of opinion that regards tobacco and sidestream smoke as toxic substances, gives priority to the non-smokers rights, and rejects the industrys freedom to promote an addictive, lethal product. By describing and analysing recent legislation, the book also provides a heartening account of both the spread of legislation and the reasons for its increased strength and effectiveness. The book has 15 main chapters. The opening chapters trace the history of knowledge about the health risks of tobacco and explain some of the issues surrounding the place of legislation in a policy for control. An overview of the different forms of government action is also provided. The ten chapters which constitute the core of the book are organized to reflect two main categories of smoking control measures: those leading to changes in the production, manufacture, promotion, and sale of tobacco, and those designed to achieve changes in practice among smokers. On the production or supply side, five chapters describe measures involving the control of advertising and sales promotion, the use of health warnings and statements of tar and nicotine content, control of harmful substances in tobacco, restrictions on sales to adults, and economic strategies for decreasing tobacco production. Each chapter provides information on the reasons why legislation is needed, the types of laws that have been enacted in recent years, and the lessons that have been learned. Readers are reminded that voluntary agreements with the industry do not work, that the traditional warning, "Smoking is hazardous to health", is obsolete and no longer effective, and that the best option is total prohibition of all advertising and promotion, including sponsorship of sports events and the arts. Chapters concerned with controlling demand cover tax and price policies, legislation on smoke-free public places and public transport, legislation on smoke-free workplaces, strategies for preventing young people from smoking, and the use of legislation to mandate health education. Other chapters describe the major types of judicial action that have been used for tobacco control, discuss the special challenge faced in developing countries, and offer advice on how to develop and implement a policy on tobacco control. Six annexes, including an extensive country-by-country tabulation of anti-tobacco legislation, conclude the book. Issued at a time when several national governments are making quantum leaps forward in the legislative attack on tobacco use, the book should prove especially useful as both a source of encouragement and a practical guide to action
Description: First ed. issued with title: Legislative action to combat the world smoking epidemic
297 p.
Arabic-1ed-
Subject: Smoking
Context: prevention and control legislation
metadata.dc.subject.other: Environment and Public Health
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/37823
Other Identifiers: 9241561572
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