Analysis of the paternalistic justification of an agenda setting public health policy: the case of tobacco plain packaging

Anker, T. B. (2016) Analysis of the paternalistic justification of an agenda setting public health policy: the case of tobacco plain packaging. Public Health Ethics, 9(2), pp. 208-228. (doi:10.1093/phe/phw007)

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Abstract

This article analyses the paternalistic justification of the world’s first mandatory tobacco plain packaging policy, which came into force in Australia in 2012. The policy is setting international precedence, with a range of developed and developing countries planning and implementing similar policies. Understanding the paternalistic dimension of the policy is therefore of imminent international importance. The policy meets important ethical benchmarks such as respect for citizens’ self-interests and protection of others against harm. However, plain packaging faces a number of ethical challenges: the policy is a controversial type of paternalism; it runs partially against the harm principle; and it fails to meet key operational criteria.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anker, Dr Thomas
Authors: Anker, T. B.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Public Health Ethics
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1754-9973
ISSN (Online):1754-9981
Published Online:30 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in Public Health Ethics 9(2):208-228
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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