Policy makers' perspectives on tobacco control advocates' roles in regulation development

Citation
T. Montini et La. Bero, Policy makers' perspectives on tobacco control advocates' roles in regulation development, TOB CONTROL, 10(3), 2001, pp. 218-224
Citations number
42
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Envirnomentale Medicine & Public Health
Journal title
TOBACCO CONTROL
ISSN journal
0964-4563 → ACNP
Volume
10
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
218 - 224
Database
ISI
SICI code
0964-4563(200109)10:3<218:PMPOTC>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Objective-To identify, from policy makers' perspectives, strategies that en hance tobacco control advocates' effectiveness in the regulatory arena. Design-Key informant interview component of a comparative case study of reg ulatory agencies in the USA. Subjects-Policy makers involved in the development of four regulatory tobac co control policies (three state and one federal). Methods-Interviews of policy makers, field notes, and deliberation minutes were coded inductively. Results-Policy makers considered both written commentary and public testimo ny when developing tobacco control regulations. They triaged written commen tary based upon whether the document was from a peer reviewed journal, a su mmary of research evidence, or from a source considered credible. They cope d with in-person testimony by avoiding being diverted from the scientific e vidence, and by assessing the presenters' credibility. Policy makers sugges ted that tobacco control advocates should: present science in a format that is well organised and easily absorbed; engage scientific experts to partic ipate in the regulatory process; and lobby to support the tobacco control e fforts of the regulatory agency. Conclusions-There is an important role for tobacco control advocates in the policy development process in regulatory agencies.