The Nature, Evolution, and Implications of Tobacco Policy in the United States

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Kenneth Warner
History of Health Policy and Public Health, Tobacco Policy
Dr. Warner produces a detailed history of the rise and fall of cigarette smoking in the U.S. in the 20th century both as a social phenomenon and as a major determinant of trends in health and health care. Special attention is devoted to the roles of tobacco-control research and policy. Synthesizing the leading work in this field, he provides a comprehensive analysis of the nature, origins, and consequences of tobacco policy in the U.S. Lessons are drawn relevant to tobacco-control activists, policymakers, and the broader health promotion community as to what matters in health promotion policy and what affects its emergence in social discourse. The role of tobacco-control policy, its origins and uses, and the integration of policy research findings into policy advocacy, are also examined. The project makes a valuable contribution as interpretive social history and to understanding the development and analysis of health policy in the domain of self-affecting health behaviors.