Tobacco policies and vulnerable girls and women: toward a framework for gender sensitive policy development

J Epidemiol Community Health. 2006 Sep;60 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):57-65. doi: 10.1136/jech.2005.045393.


This article assesses the effects of comprehensive tobacco control policies on diverse subpopulations of girls and women who are at increased vulnerability to tobacco use because of disadvantage. The authors report on a recent assessment of experimental literature examining tobacco taxation; smoking location restrictions in public and private spaces; and sales restrictions. A comprehensive search was undertaken to identify relevant studies and evaluation reports. Gender based and diversity analyses were performed to identify pertinent sex differences and gender influences that would affect the application and impact of the policy. Finally, the results were contextualised within the wider literature on women's tobacco use and women's health. The authors consider not only the intended policy effects, but also explicitly examine the gendered and/or unintended consequences of these policies on other aspects of girls and women's health and wellbeing. A framework for developing gender sensitive tobacco programmes and policies for low income girls and women is provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ethics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Policy Making
  • Poverty
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Taxes
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Women*