Local Control of Tobacco Regulation

Last month, Governor Mary Fallin has announced her plans to support an initiative petition in 2014 to change the way tobacco is regulated in Oklahoma.

2588382648“A direct vote to the people is very new and dramatic new tactic to cancel tobacco interruption in Oklahoma,” said Michael Givel, University of Oklahoma political scientist and co-author of the upcoming war Heartland tobacco books from this summer.

Fallin said about information on the state that ballot initiatives is still working, but it is likely to allow cities and towns to adopt regulations that are more stringent than state laws.

Givel said that the struggle for the abolition of the interrupt has been going after smoking in public places to act first passed in 1987, and until now, the tobacco industry and its allies were winning.

“The law is uniform and very weak, and they are afraid of energetic bodies to local needs and perceptions,” Givel said. “The industry and its allies will throw a lot of money to win this and health care organizations may be exhausted.”

In the 2005 report Givel on the relationship between the tobacco industry and the legislature of Oklahoma, he writes that he took 17 years for Oklahoma tax increase on cigarettes cents.

In the 2005 report from the dominance of industry Legislative Progress: The Political and Public Health Tobacco Control in Oklahoma:

“Finally, in 2004, the legislature raised the question of the referendum on the status of the November 2004 ballot for 55 % of the net increase in pack excise tax on cigarettes. Referendum passed, despite a $ 1.7 million spent in the industry-funded vote no campaign. Before measure took effect, Oklahoma ranks 42 th nation in relation to the sum of its cigarette excise tax. Following the referendum, he rose to the 15th position in the country. “

Fallin quotes Pueblo, Colorado, as an example of citizens receiving local management and implementation of tobacco ban in the local taverns and restaurants.

“They saw a dramatic reduction in smoking and smoking-related diseases,” Fallin said. “In fact, of a heart attack fell by 30 %.”

Speaker of the total weight of the Shannon (R-Lawton) said KGOU emphasis on regulation is inappropriate, and instead should be on the treatment of tobacco dependence.

“We have too many young people with access to nicotine, and too many people who are addicted to it,” said Shannon.

Givel says that the focus is on both the controlling addictive.

“Tobacco is addictive, or even more addictive than heroin, for example, and encourage people, it’s a good social practice or good practice of public health, with a public health point of view, it is very unwise”, Givel said.

The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data campaign Tobacco-Free Kids is ranked 7th in the nation in Oklahoma, its funding programs to prevent young people from smoking and to help smokers quit.

If the status of the issue makes it to the ballot in November 2014, Givel says history shows that this is likely to take place from 70 to 80% margin. But it also depends on how the campaign for and against the exhausted.

“You can keep track of the industry and its allies to talk about adult choice, and freedom of choice,” said Givel. “You can monitor the health of the group, obviously, to talk about the dangers of passive smoking and the tobacco industry’s manipulation to get people to start smoking.”

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