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The evolution of a UK regional tobacco control office in its early years : social contexts and policy dynamics.

Russell, Andrew and Heckler, Serena and White, Martin and Sengupta, Soumen and Chappel, David and Hunter, David J. and Mason, James and Milne, Eugene and Lewis, Sue (2008) 'The evolution of a UK regional tobacco control office in its early years : social contexts and policy dynamics.', Health promotion international., 24 (3). pp. 262-268.

Abstract

The Smoke Free North East Office (SFNEO) is unique as the first dedicated tobacco control office in the UK coordinating a regional tobacco control network, Smoke Free North East (SFNE). This article examines the historical context for its evolution in time and place, and the impacts that can be identified from the first two years of its operation from May 2005 to May 2007, using ethnographic methods. The SFNE formed as a result of a favourable political and cultural climate as well as individual regional champions. It has worked well in branding itself and in taking advantage of the opportunity provided to lobby in support of comprehensive smoke free legislation. There is a need for independent sustainable funding, strong partnership working, and the accommodation of existing organizations under its leadership if such an organization is to succeed. This article suggests the SFNEO offers a model that is transferable to other places as well as other public health concerns such as alcohol and obesity.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Tobacco control, Public health practice, Public policy, England.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (333Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dap023
Publisher statement:This is a pre-copy-editing author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Health promotion international following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Russell, Andrew and Heckler, Serena and White, Martin and Sengupta, Soumen and Chappel, David and Hunter, David J. and Mason, James and Milne, Eugene and Lewis, Sue (2008) 'The evolution of a UK regional tobacco control office in its early years : social contexts and policy dynamics.', Health promotion international., 24 (3). pp. 262-268 is available online at: http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/24/3/262
Record Created:18 May 2010 11:21
Last Modified:17 Nov 2010 10:20

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