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January 12, 2005

Tobacco, Policy

JAMA. 2005;293(2):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.239

Unfiltered: Conflicts Over Tobacco Policy and Public Health is among several recent compilations of case studies of countries’ experiences in tobacco control. These collections cover a broad range of countries from diverse perspectives and using differing comparative approaches. By knowledge sharing and model approaches, these collected works can play a role in the future development of tobacco control policies in developed and developing countries.

Unfiltered is so named because its authors were charged with reviewing, in an unbiased (“unfiltered”) fashion, the outcome of tobacco control in multiple countries and with drawing lessons from these case studies that might have generality. The book’s core comprises case studies of eight countries that place the progress and modalities of tobacco control within national cultural, economic, and regulatory contexts. The countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—are all industrial democratic countries and are primarily Western. Integrative chapters draw lessons from the case studies. Unfiltered takes a distinctly political science approach, incorporating the theories of comparative politics, policy and norm diffusion, policy entrepreneurship, and advocacy coalitions.

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