State legislators' perceptions of lobbyists and lobbying on tobacco control issues.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
ObjectiveTo determine state legislators' perceptions about health and tobacco lobbyists, their frequency of contact with these lobbyists, and the amount of campaign contributions from health professional organisations and the tobacco industry.
SubjectsState legislators from North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont (USA), serving in 1994.
Main outcome measuresPerceptions about lobbyists representing the tobacco industry, non-profit health organisations, and state medical societies with respect to their credibility, importance as sources of information, and persuasiveness; extent of lobbying activities; campaign contributions from health professional organisations and the tobacco industry.
ResultsAlmost all legislators reported that medical society and non-profit health organisation lobbyists are credible on tobacco issues and just over half believed that these lobbyists are important sources of information. More legislators said they could be persuaded by medical and health lobbyists than by tobacco lobbyists. Although health professional Political Action Committees (PACs) gave campaign contributions to more state legislators, and gave higher amounts on average, than tobacco PACs, legislators reported less contact with medical society lobbyists than tobacco lobbyists about tobacco issues.
ConclusionsState legislators have positive attitudes toward lobbyists for non-profit health organisations and state medical societies regarding tobacco issues. These groups may be an underused resource for educating legislators about tobacco control measures.
- Cohen, JE; Goldstein, AO; Flynn, BS; Munger, MC; Gottlieb, NH; Solomon, LJ; Dana, GS
- January 1997
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- 6 / 4
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- 332 - 336
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