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Alexander Somek

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542086.001.0001

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The Malodorous Vice

The Malodorous Vice

(p.46) 4 The Malodorous Vice

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This chapter points out that the regulation of public health is, in some instances, intertwined with regulating morality owing to the association of health with perfection. The most recent history of tobacco control legislation has repeatedly shown how a majority, aided and abetted by a bureaucratic elite, can succeed in transforming what was once deemed ‘normal’ into something problematic, even demonic. Legal power, in this instance, is exercised with a particularly salient de-normalising and re-normalising effect.

Keywords:   smoking, cigarettes, public health regulation, risk assessment, social pluralism, political liberalism

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