Tar Wars: Strategic Distrust, the Public Health Community, and Big Tobacco

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between the public health community and the tobacco industry within the framework of a two-factor model of trust and distrust (Lewicki, McAllister & Bies, 1998). We assert that public health’s historical and current interaction with Big Tobacco is best characterized as one of Low Trust/High Distrust, marked by ongoing hostility and preemption. Forced-trust measures based on regulation and litigation and efforts by the tobacco industry to collaborate with public health activists are unlikely to elevate the longer-term level of trust in this relationship, without significantly fuller or more voluntary compliance by tobacco companies. We conclude that distrust of the industry has served and continues to serve multiple purposes for public health activists. There is little incentive for tobacco control activists to adopt a more trusting stance toward the industry, and significant justification for them to maintain a high level of distrust

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2012-09-18

Downloads
12 (#816,427)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Strategic Trust Building: The Use of Linguistic Devices to Induce Trust.Cati Brown & Robbin Derry - 2005 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:243-246.
Getting Smoke Off the Screen: The Smoke Free Movies Initiative.Robbin Derry & Sachin Waikar - 2007 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 18:499-499.
Healthy Investments in Investing in Health.Derek Yach - 2001 - Journal of Business Ethics 33 (3):191 - 198.
Public Trust.Cynthia Townley & Jay L. Garfield - 2013 - In Cynthia Townley & P. Maleka (eds.), Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives. Amsterdam: Rodopi.