Tobacco control movement

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The medical students in Jakarta demonstrate against tobacco a day before World No Tobacco Day, at Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, May 30, 2010.

Tobacco control is a field of public health science, policy and practice dedicated to controlling (i.e. restricting) the growth of tobacco use and thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality it causes. References to a tobacco control movement may have either positive or negative connotations, both briefly covered here.

Positive connotations[edit]

The tobacco control field comprises the activity of disparate health, policy and legal research and reform advocacy bodies across the world. These took time to coalesce into a sufficiently organised coalition to advance such measures as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and the first article of the first edition of the Tobacco Control journal suggested that developing as a diffusely organised movement was indeed necessary in order to bring about effective action to address the health effects of tobacco use.[1]

Negative connotations[edit]

The tobacco control movement has also been referred to as an anti-smoking movement by some who disagree with the movement, as documented in internal tobacco industry memoranda.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davis, Ronald (March 1992). "The slow growth of a movement" (PDF). Tobacco Control 1 (1). Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  2. ^ P.L. Berger (1991). "The Anti-Smoking Movement in Global Perspective". Philip Morris memorandum, accessed through Retrieved 2009-01-09.