Reducing Obesity: Policy Strategies from Tobacco Wars

Tobacco control is the classic case where taxation, advertising bans, and smokefree environments legislation served as the drivers for change with quit programs… and programs across the country and the creation of …

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Obesity As The New Tobacco: Strategies To Improve The Tobacco Wars, Contents

  • Executive Summary….iv
  • Introduction … 1
  • Obesity sickens, kills, and creates significant societal costs… 2
  • Tobacco: What America is doing right… 6
  • Can successful tobacco-control measures provide a model for fighting obesity?… 10
  • Similarities…. 10
  • Differences … 11
  • Many obesity-causing foods provide some nutritional benefit … 11
  • Exercise can offset overeating … 15
  • Obesity needs to be prevented and reduced for adults as well as children …. 17
  • A changed environment for purchasing food can give the food industry
  • incentives to develop and market healthier products …. 17
  • Combating obesity with public policy interventions patterned after anti-tobacco efforts … 19
  • Excise or sales taxes on fattening food… 20
  • Current taxes… 21
  • Rationale for taxing fattening food…. 21
  • Policy design questions … 23
  • Potential disadvantages… 26
  • Approximate amounts of federal and state revenue …. 29
  • Clear and simple labels conveying the health risks of fattening foods … 34
  • Labels on packaged foods … 34
  • Labels on restaurant food… 39
  • Banning advertising of fattening food … 40
  • Conclusion…. 43
  • Appendix: Calculation of revenue estimates … 45
  • National estimates …. 45
  • State estimates … 48
  • About the Authors … 51
  • About the Urban Institute and the Health Policy Center … 51
  • About the WellPoint Foundation … 51
  • References … 52
  • Notes … 63
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