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J Okla State Med Assoc. 2005 Mar;98(3):89-94.

Oklahoma tobacco policy-making.

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Department of Political Science, The University of Oklahoma, 455 West Lindsey, Room 217, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA.



To document and analyze comprehensive Oklahoma state tobacco policy-making trends and their link to public health trends.


A historical qualitative and archival content overview and analysis from 1985 to the present of previously secret tobacco industry documents.


The 2002 Oklahoma State Plan for Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation indicated tobacco use was the largest cause of annual preventable death in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Plan recommended a variety of proposals, including sales restrictions, youth access enforcement, repealing state preemption of stricter local tobacco control laws, adopting clean indoor air laws, increasing tobacco taxes, cessation programs, and anti-tobacco education efforts.


Since 1985, the powerful tobacco lobby in Oklahoma has been highly successful in maintaining lower tobacco taxes and reduced regulations, which is a major impediment to the anti-tobacco public health goals of the Oklahoma State Plan and enhanced public health.

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