Journal article

Individual versus corporate responsibility for smoking-related illness: Australian press coverage of the Rolah McCabe Trial

M Wakefield, K McLeod, KC Smith

Health Promotion International | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

This paper provides a thematic frame analysis of Australian newspaper reporting of the outcome and implications of the trial of Rolah McCabe versus British American Tobacco Australasia (BATA). In this trial, a Melbourne woman was awarded A$700,000 damages for smoking-attributable lung cancer when the defendant, BATA, had its case dismissed due to document destruction. In 60 commentaries from Australian national or capital city newspapers between 12 April and 9 May 2002, a total of 79 instances of eight tobacco-related frames were identified. Overall, 43% of the 79 instances were positive for tobacco control, 46% were negative for tobacco control and 11% were neutral. The most common fram..

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