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2004ASAP: Session 10 Advocacy


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2004ASAP: Session 10 Advocacy

  1. 1. Advocacy! Becoming a first class tobacco control advocate
  2. 2. Why advocacy? <ul><li>Politicians create laws and decide taxation levels </li></ul><ul><li>To get what we want we must approach the politicians </li></ul><ul><li>The tobacco industry does it…if we don’t, we’re bound to fail </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is advocacy? <ul><li>Encouraging the government to pass laws and policies that will benefit the public </li></ul>
  4. 4. How can we do advocacy? <ul><li>Indirectly—through the media, demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Directly—by writing letters to, and meeting with, politicians </li></ul><ul><li>By involving other individuals and groups in the above activities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some tips for direct and indirect advocacy <ul><li>Be prepared—know your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific—say what you want, don’t stray from the main points </li></ul><ul><li>Make clear both the problem and the solutions (briefly) </li></ul><ul><li>Enlist your friends to help and practice/comment </li></ul>
  6. 6. Activity: lobby your government for smoke-free restaurants
  7. 7. The situation… <ul><li>High-level government meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Representatives from Ministry of Industry, Tobacco Unlimited, and the League of Hotels and Restaurants </li></ul><ul><li>YOU are representing those wanting smoke-free places </li></ul>
  8. 8. Group work <ul><li>Prepare your main speaking points </li></ul><ul><li>Think what the opposition will say and how to respond </li></ul>
  9. 9. Wrap-up: the arguments <ul><li>Do smokers have the right to pollute our air? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it possible to accommodate both smokers and non-smokers? If not, who should have the rights? </li></ul><ul><li>Would going smoke-free kill businesses? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Wrap-up: what we learned <ul><li>Importance of preparation: knowing what we want, and what our opponents are likely to say </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of keeping our cool! </li></ul>