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
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, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 19, 2013
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