TITLE

The opportunities for and obstacles against prevention: the example of Germany in the areas of tobacco and alcohol

AUTHOR(S)
Walter, Ulla; Suhrcke, Marc; Gerlich, Miriam G.; Boluarte, Till A.
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2010, Vol. 10, p500
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: Recent years have seen a growing research and policy interest in prevention in many developed countries. However, the actual efforts and resources devoted to prevention appear to have lagged well behind the lip service paid to the topic. Discussion: We review the evidence on the considerable existing scope for health gains from prevention as well as for greater prevention policy efforts in Germany. We also discuss the barriers to "more and better" prevention and provide modest suggestions about how some of the obstacles could be overcome. Summary: In Germany, there are substantial health gains to be reaped from the implementation of evidence-based, cost-effective preventive interventions and policies. Barriers to more prevention include social, historical, political, legal and economic factors. While there is sufficient evidence to scale up prevention efforts in some public health domains in Germany, in general there is a comparative shortage of research on non-clinical preventive interventions. Some of the existing barriers in Germany are at least in principle amenable to change, provided sufficient political will exists. More research on prevention by itself is no panacea, but could help facilitate more policy action. In particular, there is an economic efficiency-based case for public funding and promotion of research on non-clinical preventive interventions, in Germany and beyond, to confront the peculiar challenges that set this research apart from its clinical counterpart.
ACCESSION #
54098786

 

Related Articles

  • Butting Out on A Global Scale. Rawe, Julie; TIME's foreign correspondents // Time;2/21/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 8, p19 

    The article discusses how various counties have banned smoking. Cuba has banned smoking in enclosed public places and similar bans in other countries have managed to clear the air. In Italy smoking was banned in enclosed public places except in separately ventilated rooms. Bhutan became the...

  • The partial smoking ban in licensed establishments and health inequalities in England: modelling study. Woodall, Alan A.; Sandbach, Emma J.; Woodward, Catherine M.; Aveyard, Paul; Merrington, Graham // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);9/3/2005, Vol. 331 Issue 7515, p488 

    Discusses a study on the partial smoking ban proposed by Choosing Health in England, with a focus on the Telford and Wrekin boroughs. Use of logistic regression to score pubs and licensed establishments concerning an exemption for those serving catered food; Finding that the ban on smoking would...

  • What is behind smoker support for new smokefree areas? National survey data. Wilson, Nick; Weerasekera, Deepa; Blakely, Tony; Edwards, Richard; Thomson, George; Gifford, Heather // BMC Public Health;2010, Vol. 10, p498 

    Background: Some countries have started to extend indoor smokefree laws to cover cars and various outdoor settings. However, policy-modifiable factors around smoker support for these new laws are not well described. Methods: The New Zealand (NZ) arm of the International Tobacco Control Policy...

  • Smoke-free laws gaining ground despite barriers to enforcement. Krisberg, Kim // Nation's Health;May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p9 

    This article reports on the success of local laws in the U.S. protecting residents from second-hand tobacco smoke even though more than a third of states have laws in place that undermine such protections, as of May 2005. According to a study in the March 18, 2005 issue of Morbidity and...

  • Smoking rates at record lows; life expectancy high. BLOOMBERG, MICHAEL R. // Filipino Reporter;4/5/2013, Vol. 41 Issue 18, p20 

    The author discusses a report that highlights New York City's Smoke-Free Air Act's local, national and global impact. It notes a decrease in the smoking rate among adults in New York City to 14.8% in 2011 and 8.5% among youth. After 10 years of the legislation's implementation, fewer New Yorkers...

  • Netherlands bans smoking in enclosed public places but allows closed smoking rooms. Sheldon, Tony // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/23/2007, Vol. 334 Issue 7607, p1292 

    The article reports that the Netherlands has banned smoking in enclosed public places but will still allow smoking in closed smoking rooms. The ban will begin in July 2008 as a government response to the smoking industry's unsuccessful self-regulation. Doctors in the country welcomed the ban and...

  • Tobacco firms push to repeal smoke-free bars. Longhurst, John C. // San Diego Business Journal;03/09/98, Vol. 19 Issue 10, p47 

    Opinion. Discusses the status of the bill passed by California Senator Edward Vincent which reverses the protection from deadly secondhand smoking. Reasons why the tobacco industry supports the bill; Impact of the Smokefree Workplace Act in California's tobacco industry; Steps taken by the...

  • Sweet smell of Paris. Martin, Andrew // New Statesman;8/13/2007, Vol. 136 Issue 4857, p18 

    The author discusses whether a smoking ban in France will be enforced. He discusses the number of deaths relating to smoking in France. He comments that rules for non-smoking areas are not upheld in French restaurants and bars. In February 2008, smoking will be prohibited in French restaurants...

  • Setting New Limits on Tobacco. Goodman, Josh // Governing;Jun2006, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p69 

    Reports on the approval of smoking restriction legislation in the U.S. Expansion of smoking restriction policy from bars and restaurants to cars and other public places; Coverage of anti-smoking legislation passed in Calabasas, California and Arkansas; Discussion on per capita tobacco...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics