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Tobacco policies and vulnerable girls and women: toward a framework for gender sensitive policy development
  1. Lorraine Greaves,
  2. Natasha Jategaonkar
  1. British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L Greaves
 British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, Vancouver, BC, Canada; lgreaves{at}


This article assesses the effects of comprehensive tobacco control policies on diverse subpopulations of girls and women who are at increased vulnerability to tobacco use because of disadvantage. The authors report on a recent assessment of experimental literature examining tobacco taxation; smoking location restrictions in public and private spaces; and sales restrictions. A comprehensive search was undertaken to identify relevant studies and evaluation reports. Gender based and diversity analyses were performed to identify pertinent sex differences and gender influences that would affect the application and impact of the policy. Finally, the results were contextualised within the wider literature on women’s tobacco use and women’s health. The authors consider not only the intended policy effects, but also explicitly examine the gendered and/or unintended consequences of these policies on other aspects of girls and women’s health and wellbeing. A framework for developing gender sensitive tobacco programmes and policies for low income girls and women is provided.

  • SES, socioeconomic status
  • CTP, comprehensive tobacco policy
  • BP, best practice
  • GBA, gender based analysis
  • gender
  • policy
  • smoking
  • tobacco
  • women
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  • * Sex refers to the biological characteristics that generally differentiate between females and males. Gender refers to the socially constructed factors and roles that affect or are attributed to women or men.

  • Search terms included tobacco* control policy; tobacco* policy; smok* and women; smok* and public policy; smoking & tax; smoking & aboriginal; health policy and tobacco; tobacco and income; tobacco and adolescents; smok* and income; smok* and adolescents; smok* and aboriginal; government policy & tobacco*; smoking laws and regulations

  • Funding: the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health is supported by Health Canada. Aspects of this work have been supported by the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

  • Conflicts of interest : none.

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