Tobacco industry efforts to defeat the occupational safety and health administration indoor air quality rule

Am J Public Health. 2003 Apr;93(4):585-92. doi: 10.2105/ajph.93.4.585.


Objectives: We describe tobacco industry strategies to defeat the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Indoor Air Quality rule and the implementation of those strategies.

Methods: We analyzed tobacco industry documents, public commentary on, and media coverage of the OSHA rule.

Results: The tobacco industry had 5 strategies: (1) maintain scientific debate about the basis of the rule, (2) delay deliberation on the rule, (3) redefine the scope of the rule, (4) recruit and assist labor and business organizations in opposing the rule, and (5) increase media coverage of the tobacco industry position. The tobacco industry successfully implemented all 5 strategies.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that regulatory authorities must take into account the source, motivation, and validity of arguments used in the regulatory process in order to make accurately informed decisions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution, Indoor / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Bibliometrics
  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • Labor Unions
  • Lobbying*
  • Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Planning Techniques
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking Prevention
  • Tobacco Industry*
  • United States
  • United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration