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Tob Control. 2001 Sep;10(3):218-24.

Policy makers' perspectives on tobacco control advocates' roles in regulation development.

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  • 1Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0936, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify, from policy makers' perspectives, strategies that enhance tobacco control advocates' effectiveness in the regulatory arena.

DESIGN:

Key informant interview component of a comparative case study of regulatory agencies in the USA.

SUBJECTS:

Policy makers involved in the development of four regulatory tobacco control policies (three state and one federal).

METHODS:

Interviews of policy makers, field notes, and deliberation minutes were coded inductively.

RESULTS:

Policy makers considered both written commentary and public testimony when developing tobacco control regulations. They triaged written commentary based upon whether the document was from a peer reviewed journal, a summary of research evidence, or from a source considered credible. They coped with in-person testimony by avoiding being diverted from the scientific evidence, and by assessing the presenters' credibility. Policy makers suggested that tobacco control advocates should: present science in a format that is well organised and easily absorbed; engage scientific experts to participate in the regulatory process; and lobby to support the tobacco control efforts of the regulatory agency.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is an important role for tobacco control advocates in the policy development process in regulatory agencies.

PMID:
11544384
PMCID:
PMC1747585
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