Book Chapter

The UK: A Case Study



Cairney P, Studlar DT & Mamudu H (2011) The UK: A Case Study. In: Cairney P, Studlar DT & Mamudu HM (eds.) Global Tobacco Control: Power, Policy, Governance and Transfer. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-120.

First paragraph: Tobacco policy in the UK demonstrates a period of rapid legislative change following decades of policy continuity. Tobacco advertising was banned in the UK in 2002 and bans on smoking in public places in the UK and devolved territories were introduced from 2005-6. These measures, combined with others already in place, such as smoking cessation services and health education, make the UK the most active tobacco control member state in the EU. It now ranks number one in the Tobacco Control Scale discussed in Chapter 4. Yet, for most of the post-war period, tobacco policy was marked by a relative lack of regulation. Tobacco control measures were often voluntary rather than legislative, while public health arguments often came second-best to those based on individual choice and the economic benefits of tobacco (Cairney, 2007a). Indeed, it is little over 20 years ago that Baggott's (1988) study of UK and Norwegian policy sought to explain why the former was such a laggard compared to the former. The UK therefore represents one of most fruitful case-studies of tobacco policy change because it seems to have engaged in radical policy change in a relatively short period of time. Our aim is to explain this shift in policy direction. A complementary aim is to consider the issues in relative depth (compared to the broader comparative chapters), identifying the substance and nature of policy (considering, for example, the nature of voluntary agreements), and considering the forces for change, in greater detail.

Tobacco use Great Britain

Publication date31/12/2011
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Place of publicationBasingstoke

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Professor Paul Cairney

Professor Paul Cairney

Professor, Politics