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Author Glantz, Stanton A

Title Tobacco war : inside the California battles / Stanton A. Glantz, Edith D. Balbach
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2000


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 469 pages) : illustrations
Contents Beginnings : the nonsmokers' rights movement -- Proposition 99 emerges -- Beating the tobacco industry at the polls -- Moving to the legislature -- Proposition 99's first implementing legislation -- Implementing the tobacco control program -- Tobacco industry's response -- Battle over local tobacco control ordinances -- Continued erosion of the health education account : 1990-1994 -- Battles over preemption -- End of acquiescence -- Lawsuits -- Doing it differently -- Political interference in program management -- Lessons learned -- Appendix a. Organizations, programs, and people involved in tobacco control in California -- Appendix b. Important California tobacco control events
Summary Tobacco War charts the dramatic and complex history of tobacco politics in California over the past quarter century. Beginning with the activities of a small band of activists who, in the 1970s, put forward the radical notion that people should not have to breathe second-hand tobacco smoke, Stanton Glantz and Edith Balbach follow the movement through the 1980s, when activists created hundreds of city and county ordinances by working through their local officials, to the present--when tobacco is a highly visible issue in American politics and smoke-free restaurants and bars are a reality throughout the state. The authors show how these accomplishments rest on the groundwork laid over the past two decades by tobacco control activists who have worked across the U.S. to change how people view the tobacco industry and its behavior. Tobacco War is accessibly written, balanced, and meticulously researched. The California experience provides a graphic demonstration of the successes and failures of both the tobacco industry and public health forces. It shows how public health advocates slowly learned to control the terms of the debate and how they discovered that simply establishing tobacco control programs was not enough, that constant vigilance was necessary to protect programs from a hostile legislature and governor. In the end, the California experience proves that it is possible to dramatically change how people think about tobacco and the tobacco industry and to rapidly reduce tobacco consumption. But California's experience also demonstrates that it is possible to run such programs successfully only as long as the public health community exerts power effectively. With legal settlements bringing big dollars to tobacco control programs in every state, this book is must reading for anyone interested in battling and beating the tobacco industry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-425) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tobacco -- Law and legislation -- California
Tobacco industry -- Political aspects -- California
SELF-HELP -- Substance Abuse & Addictions -- General.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychopathology -- Addiction.
MEDICAL -- Health Policy.
Tobacco industry -- Political aspects
Tobacco -- Law and legislation
Form Electronic book
Author Balbach, Edith D., 1953-
ISBN 9780520924680