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Tobacco Country Policies: Strategies, Successes and Setbacks

Six Country Case Studies
Edited by Joy de Beyer and Linda Waverley. Co-published by RITC and the World Bank, 2003.

Several publications exist that present data on the negative impact of tobacco use and its adverse effects on illness and death. This book, however, seeks to portray personal accounts about tobacco control policymaking and illustrates the roles that can be played by evidence, advocacy, political and social change, partnerships, media, public relations, public pressure and economic interests. It is a collection of stories, or case studies, on tobacco control. It is addressed to a myriad of readers who all share a common interest in health issues and policy-NGOs, community activists, scientists, health officials and members of the public. Most of the stories are told by health advocates who were instrumental in the promotion and development of tobacco control policies in their respective countries. While each story is unique in its historical, cultural and political environment, there are shared lessons that can be applied and adapted in other countries with different circumstances. The six countries highlighted in this book include Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Poland, South Africa and Thailand. In each of these countries, much still remains to be done to protect adolescents and adults from the preventable diseases and premature deaths associated with tobacco use. It is the authors’ hope that this collection of stories will inspire other countries to move toward developing stronger tobacco control policies.