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Political barriers to evidence-based tobacco control policy: Cronyism and cognitive dissonance, a Tasmanian case study

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Barnsley, K and Walters, EH and Wood-Baker, R, Political barriers to evidence-based tobacco control policy: Cronyism and cognitive dissonance, a Tasmanian case study, Evidence and Policy: a journal of research, debate and practice, 13, (2) pp. 343-364. ISSN 1744-2648 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1332/174426416X14615120637063

Abstract

Tasmania led in several areas of tobacco control legislation reform in the period 1997 to 2010. Despite this, Tasmania lagged in other crucial areas, particularly the allocation of resources for community education, mass media campaigns and cessation programmes. Key impediments were crony capitalism; the conservative ideology of ‘white male’ politicians; cognitive dissonance of smoking politicians; a lack of perception of priority regarding the scientific research evidence about smoking risk; and delays caused by the tobacco industry. This study analyses the political situation in Tasmania and argues that evidence-based progress on tobacco control resource allocation was not established until 2013.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:tobacco control, public policy, evidence transfer, politicians
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Author:Barnsley, K (Dr Kathryn Barnsley)
Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
Author:Wood-Baker, R (Professor Richard Wood-Baker)
ID Code:108660
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2016-05-02
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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