Why Are Tobacco and Alcohol Control Policies So Different?â€“A Political-Economy Explanation
Zhihao Yu ()
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Zhihao Yu: Department of Economics, Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/economics/people/yu-zhihao/
No 22-05, Carleton Economic Papers from Carleton University, Department of Economics
This paper shows that the emergence (and the maintenance) of the striking different policy regimes applied to tobacco and alcohol in the U.S. and some other countries like the UK- that has increasingly puzzled many health policy experts- could be explained by their very different levels of industry concentration. The maintenance of the policy differences was further enhanced by the persistent government mass media anti-smoking campaigns, which ultimately contributed to the exclusion of the tobacco industry from direct nd formal involvement in the policy-making processes. The model can also explain the very different levels of tobacco industry' political contributions before and after 2002, as well as the lack of government effort of anti-smoking campaigns in Canada. Classification-D72; 118
Keywords: tobacco and alcohol control policies; anti-smoking campaigns; government mass media campaigns; political contribution; lobbying (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
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