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Promoting Safer Cigarettes

in Smoke-Filled Rooms

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780226857473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226857480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226857480.003.0009
Promoting Safer Cigarettes

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Recent developments in the national smoking debate herald the emergence of a more aggressive regulatory regime. Activities through the courts, legislation, and regulatory policy will all affect the nature of cigarettes and their marketing. The government has several available methods to regulate risky products. The government should develop a comprehensive rating system to indicate the hazards associated with different cigarettes to assist consumers in being able to match their cigarettes with their risk preferences. The government could encourage technological advancements in cigarette design that reduce either their nicotine content or other health hazards of cigarettes. The idea of fostering safer cigarette designs is novel. Such a function has never been a component of the official antismoking efforts on the part of U.S. government agencies.

Keywords: smoking; cigarettes; marketing; hazards; risks; policy

Chapter.  8408 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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