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Open Access Informing Policy through Tobacco Regulatory Science: An Evolving Process

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Objective: We offer a perspective from which to evaluate and extend the role of science in evidence-based policy decision making. Method: We examine several issues for using tobacco regulatory science to inform public health policy. Results: A new approach may be needed to assess the weight of scientific evidence on topics relevant to tobacco regulation. Traditional data sources may be inadequate to estimate the impact of proposed rule-making on health behavior. Scientists must play an active role to ensure that evidence is considered in the rule-making process. Conclusions: Evidence-based policymaking requires that scientists communicate and synthesize relevant research, educate decision makers about scientific evidence, and estimate the impact of a policy on health and health behaviors. Additional actions for scientists are presented.

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Keywords: EVIDENCE-BASED POLICYMAKING; HEALTH POLICY; SCIENTIST ROLE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Regulatory Science and Policy, The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Legacy, Washington, DC, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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