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Am J Public Health. 2003 Apr;93(4):585-92.

Tobacco industry efforts to defeat the occupational safety and health administration indoor air quality rule.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco, 94143-1390, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We describe tobacco industry strategies to defeat the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Indoor Air Quality rule and the implementation of those strategies.

METHODS:

We analyzed tobacco industry documents, public commentary on, and media coverage of the OSHA rule.

RESULTS:

The tobacco industry had 5 strategies: (1) maintain scientific debate about the basis of the rule, (2) delay deliberation on the rule, (3) redefine the scope of the rule, (4) recruit and assist labor and business organizations in opposing the rule, and (5) increase media coverage of the tobacco industry position. The tobacco industry successfully implemented all 5 strategies.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that regulatory authorities must take into account the source, motivation, and validity of arguments used in the regulatory process in order to make accurately informed decisions.

PMID:
12660202
PMCID:
PMC1447795
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.4.585
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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