Lessons learned from the tobacco industry's efforts to prevent the passage of a workplace smoking regulation

Am J Public Health. 2000 Dec;90(12):1926-30. doi: 10.2105/ajph.90.12.1926.


Objectives: This study assessed the implementation of tobacco industry strategies to prevent a workplace smoking regulation.

Methods: Tobacco industry internal documents were identified; hearing transcripts for the affiliations, arguments, and positions regarding the regulation of testifiers were coded; and media coverage was analyzed.

Results: Tobacco industry strategies sought to increase business participation and economic discussions at public hearings and to promote unfavorable media coverage of the regulation. The percentage of business representatives opposing the regulation grew from 18% (5 to 28) to 57% (13 of 23) between the hearings. Economic arguments opposing the regulation rose from 25% (7 of 28) to 70% (16 of 23). Press coverage was neutral and did not increase during the period of the regulatory hearings.

Conclusions: The tobacco industry was successful in implementing 2 of its 3 strategies but was not able to prevent passage of the comprehensive workplace regulation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Commerce / organization & administration
  • Facility Regulation and Control / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Lobbying*
  • Maryland
  • Mass Media
  • Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Organizational Affiliation
  • Organizational Policy
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Industry / organization & administration*
  • Workplace / legislation & jurisprudence*