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ERIC Number: EJ1142222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-2648
Political Barriers to Evidence-Based Tobacco Control Policy: Cronyism and Cognitive Dissonance, a Tasmanian Case Study
Barnsley, Kathryn; Walters, E. Haydn; Wood-Baker, Richard
Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, v13 n2 p343-364 May 2017
Tasmania led in several areas of tobacco control legislation reform in the period 1997 to 2010. Despite this, Tasmania lagged in other crucial areas, particularly the allocation of resources for community education, mass media campaigns and cessation programmes. Key impediments were crony capitalism; the conservative ideology of "white male" politicians; cognitive dissonance of smoking politicians; a lack of perception of priority regarding the scientific research evidence about smoking risk; and delays caused by the tobacco industry. This study analyses the political situation in Tasmania and argues that evidence-based progress on tobacco control resource allocation was not established until 2013.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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