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Individual rights advocacy in tobacco control policies: an assessment and recommendation

J E Katz
Tobacco Control
Vol. 14, Supplement 2: Individual and Human Rights in Tobacco Control: Help or Hindrance? (August 2005), pp. ii31-ii37
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20747867
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

Efforts to control environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) could be assisted if the tobacco control movement gave greater emphasis to the issue of individual rights. Benefits that may accrue from the promotion of a clear individual rights perspective in tobacco control include adding coherence to the tobacco control advocacy agenda and winning support from those who may have been concerned about loss of personal freedom, excessive governmental power, use of social coercion, or the rights of smokers. Risks also attend to such a policy. It might inadvertently assist the tobacco industry, stir resistance to ETS limitation efforts, or confuse tobacco control supporters. On balance, though, liabilities are outweighed by the ethical and operational merits in tobacco control of a heightened pro-individual rights stance.

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