Smoking and Politics

Policymaking in the Federal Bureaucracy

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While the typical Latter-day Saint’s interest might light up at the title of this little book, it is less about lighting up than about politics. In the author’s own words, “the study illustrates generally the procedures and politics of bureaucratic policy formulation in contemporary American government.” The vehicle of the study is the tangle of policy and politics which surrounded the passing of the Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965. While this act (which required the warning label on the sides of cigarette packages) was billed by its proponents as a public-regarding health measure, it was actually one of the most blatant power plays against the public interest in the past decade.

 

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