Heartland Tobacco War

Heartland Tobacco War

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Heartland Tobacco War chronicles the political and public relations battles between health advocates and forces supported by the tobacco industry in Oklahoma from the 1980s to the present, drawing on previously-suppressed tobacco insider documents and first-hand interviews with key players. The authors especially highlight the role of Oklahoma's "renegade" Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Leslie Bietsch, in the theoretical contexts of insider and outsider policy advocacy, administrative ethics, and direct democracy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 134 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 4 Tables, unspecified; 12 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0739176927
  • 9780739176924

Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures Foreword Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction: A Tobacco War in America's Heartland Chapter 2: Historical Background of Tobacco Control in Oklahoma Chapter 3: The Influence of the Tobacco Industry Lobby Chapter 4: Leslie Beitch and the 2001-2003 Clean Indoor Air Campaign Chapter 5: The 2004 Battle for Cigarette Taxes Chapter 6: Aftermath: Clean Indoor Air Post-2003 Chapter 7: Lessons Learned: Public Ethics and the Public Good References
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Review quote

In their new book, Heartland Tobacco War, Michael Givel, and Andrew Spivak describe how, before 2001, the efforts of the tobacco industry in Oklahoma, USA, were largely triumphant. Progress in tobacco control occurred at a 'glacial pace' between 1915 and the early 2000s. In their well researched book, the authors detail how-through retention of former state legislators with inside knowledge as lobbyists-the tobacco industry had 'complete hegemony' in tobacco-related legislation... Givel and Spivak tell an interesting story that provides important lessons for the achievement of further progress in tobacco-control legislation in Oklahoma and other U.S. states despite the tactics and resources used by the tobacco industry. The Lancet Heartland Tobacco War is an exceptional contribution to the literature on the politics of tobacco regulation. Givel and Spivak draw upon valuable and unique ethnographic, media, government, and industry sources to tell an important story about Oklahoma's struggle for clean indoor air and other vital measures. Their narrative is captivating and adeptly illustrates complex intersections of bureaucracy, legislation, and public relations that will be of interest to policymakers, social science scholars, and anyone interested in how progress is made in public health policy -- Shannon Monnat, Pennsylvania State University
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About Andrew L. Spivak

Michael S. Givel is professor of political science at The University of Oklahoma-Norman. Andrew L. Spivak is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is author of Sexual Violence: Beyond the Feminist-Evolutionary Debate (2011).
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