Bridging the gap between science and public health: taking advantage of tobacco control experience in Brazil to inform policies to counter risk factors for non-communicable diseases

Bridging the gap between science and public health: taking advantage of tobacco control experience in Brazil to inform policies to counter risk factors for non-communicable diseases

Author Costa e Silva, Vera Luiza da Google Scholar
Pantani, Daniela Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Andreis, Monica Google Scholar
Sparks, Robert Google Scholar
Pinsky, Ilana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Fiocruz MS
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Alliance Control Tobacco Use
Univ British Columbia
Abstract Aims and design the historical and economic involvement of Brazil with tobacco, as a major producer and exporter, was considered an insurmountable obstacle to controlling the consumption of this product. Nevertheless, the country was able to achieve significant progress in implementing public policies and to take an international leadership position, meeting its constitutional commitment to protect public health. in this paper we provide a brief historical overview of tobacco control (TC) in Brazil, and analyse the factors that contributed to the major decline in tobacco consumption in the country over the last 20 years, as well as identify the challenges that had to be overcome and those still at play.Findings the Brazilian case demonstrates how cross-sectorial collaborations among health-related groups that capitalize on their respective strengths and capacities can help to influence public policy and overcome industry and population resistance to change. Although Brazil still lags behind some leading TC nations, the country has an extensive collaborative TC network that was built over time and continues to focus upon this issue.Conclusions the tobacco experience can serve as an example for other fields, such as alcoholic beverages, of how networks can be formed to influence the legislative process and the development of public policies. Brazilian statistics show that problems related to non-communicable diseases are a pressing public health issue, and advocacy groups, policy-makers and government departments can benefit from tobacco control history to fashion their own strategies.
Keywords Advocacy
alcohol
Brazil
government
non-communicable diseases
tobacco control
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Grant number CNPq: 300.816/2100-3
FAPESP: 2011/18963-4
Date 2013-08-01
Published in Addiction. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, v. 108, n. 8, p. 1360-1366, 2013.
ISSN 0965-2140 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Extent 1360-1366
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.12203
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000321616800003
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/36620

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