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Tobacco Endgame Strategies: Challenges in Ethics and Law


Bryan P. Thomas


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Lawrence O. Gostin


Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

March 1, 2013

Tobacco Control, Vol. 22, pp. i55-i57, 2013
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 13-027

Abstract:     
There are complex legal and ethical tradeoffs involved in using intensified regulation to bring smoking prevalence to near-zero levels. The authors explore these tradeoffs through a lens of health justice, paying particular attention to the potential impact on vulnerable populations. The ethical tradeoffs explored include the charge that heavy regulation is paternalistic; the potentially regressive impact of heavily taxing a product consumed disproportionately by the poor; the simple loss of enjoyment to heavily addicted smokers; the health risks posed by, for example, regulating nicotine content in cigarettes — where doing so leads to increased consumption. Turning to legalistic concerns, the authors explore whether endgame strategies constitute a form of ‘regulatory taking’; whether endgame strategies can be squared with global trade/investment laws; whether free speech rights are infringed by aggressive restrictions on the advertisement and marketing of cigarettes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: tobacco endgames, tobacco regulation

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

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Date posted: April 19, 2013  

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Thomas, Bryan P. and Gostin, Lawrence O., Tobacco Endgame Strategies: Challenges in Ethics and Law (March 1, 2013). Tobacco Control, Vol. 22, pp. i55-i57, 2013; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 13-027. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2252597

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Bryan P. Thomas (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )
78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
Canada
Lawrence O. Gostin
Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law ( email )
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
202-662-9038 (Phone)
202-662-9055 (Fax)
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