The role of evidence-based media advocacy in the promotion of tobacco control policies

Salud Publica Mex. 2012 Jun;54(3):281-8.


This article discusses the role of evidence-based media advocacy in the promotion of tobacco control policies. Evidence is a driving force for campaigns seeking to implement a tobacco control policy. An effective campaign is based in evidence that demonstrates why a policy should be implemented, and what the potential benefits are. Media advocacy is the process of disseminating information through the communications media where the aim is to effect action, such as a change of policy, or to alter the public's view of an issue. Discussion focuses on: 1) the importance of, and methods for, collecting and communicating evidence and information to make it clear and usable for legislators, the media, and the public; and 2) the role of earned and paid media in advancing tobacco control issues. The discussion is made within the context of a specific advocacy example; in this case the 2010 campaign to increase the tobacco tax in Mexico.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • International Cooperation
  • Mass Media* / economics
  • Mexico
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Public Health Administration
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Taxes / legislation & jurisprudence
  • World Health Organization