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[Medicalxpress.com] Study identifies EU policy shift on tobacco control after massive industry lobbying. (13 Aug 2014)

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A study has tracked how the dominance of language that first appeared in tobacco industry's submissions gradually crept into the final drafts of the European tobacco directive passed by the European parliament earlier this year. Using a word coding technique, researchers tracked how the European Commission's drafts on tobacco control policy changed markedly between 2010 and 2013, resembling tobacco industry submissions much more than those of health groups in the latter stages.

The study concludes that the change in the drafts coincided with massive lobbying by the tobacco industry and was 'associated with significant policy shifts' towards the tobacco industry. The research in Tobacco Control, published by BMJ, was conducted by the University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine and the University of Bath.....


Item Type:News
Source:Medicalxpress.com
Date:13 August 2014
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Tobacco smoke (cigarette law / policy)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Political process > Lobbying
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Drugs and alcohol industry or business
VA Geographic area > Europe

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