Journal article

The Tobacco Use Management System: Analyzing Tobacco Control From a Systems Perspective

Ron Borland, David Young, Ken Coghill, Jian Ying Zhang

American Journal of Public Health | AMER PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

We use systems thinking to develop a strategic framework for analyzing the tobacco problem and we suggest solutions. Humans are vulnerable to nicotine addiction, and the most marketable form of nicotine delivery is the most harmful. A tobacco use management system has evolved out of governments' attempts to regulate tobacco marketing and use and to support services that provide information about tobacco's harms and discourage its use. Our analysis identified 5 systemic problems that constrain progress toward the elimination of tobacco-related harm. We argue that this goal would be more readily achieved if the regulatory subsystem had dynamic power to regulate tobacco products and the tobacco..

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Grants

Awarded by ARC linkage between the Cancer Council Victoria and Monash University


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported primarily by the Inaugural Sally Birch Fellowship in Cancer Control, awarded to D. Young, under the auspices of the Cancer Council Australia. It was also supported by ARC linkage between the Cancer Council Victoria and Monash University (grant LP0669043).