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Tob Control. 2008 Dec;17(6):426-7. doi: 10.1136/tc.2008.027763.

No need for nanny.

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Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia, Health Research Campus, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia 6845, Australia. m.daube@curtin.edu.au

Abstract

The term "nanny state" is regularly used to attack health groups or governments, especially by interest groups bereft of arguments and journalists in search of a cliché. It has become a special favourite of tobacco companies and their supporters. In the present work we argue that the term should be retired in favour of genuine debate on substantive issues.

PMID:
19029365
DOI:
10.1136/tc.2008.027763
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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