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The creation of a smoking class : how prevention efforts can deepen social inequalities in health

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Frohlich, Katherine L.

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Abstract "Die Verminderung sozialer Ungleichheit gehört in vielen Ländern zu den Kernzielen der Politik. Einzelne Elemente der Gesundheitspolitik können aber Folgen haben, die diesem allgemeinen Ziel entgegenwirken. Das zeigt das Beispiel der NichtraucherschutzPolitik. Das Rauchen wird sozial stigmatisiert, und den Rauchern, die in zunehmendem Maße aus den ärmeren Schichten kommen, wird abweichendes Sozialverhalten vorgeworfen. Dies führt zu einer Verschärfung gesellschaftlicher Trennungen, die eigentlich aufgehoben werden sollen."[Autorenreferat]

"In many countries the reduction of social inequalities in health is an important policy goal. Some populationbased public health interventions, however, may have effects that in practise conflict with these objectives. Current antismoking policies, for instance, are framing smoking as a deviant, undesirable, and morally repugnant behaviour. The discourse embraced by tobacco control and public health may be contributing to the stigmatization of smokers, thus adding to the process of “lumpenization” of smoking and ultimately the social exclusion of economically disadvantaged smokers."[author´s abstract]
Keywords smoking; stigmatization; social behavior; social inequality; health education; health policy
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Health Policy
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Document language German
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 18-20
Journal WZB-Mitteilungen (2010) 128
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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