Tobacco Control in Maine, 1979-2009: The Power of Strategic Collaboration (2009)

Authors: Caitlin Stanton, Richard Barnes, and Stanton Glantz


Maine has a small population, with a relatively high proportion of people living in the state’s major population centers, making Maine politics function more like a large city than a state, fostering bipartisan efforts to pass progressive tobacco control legislation despite the presence of tobacco industry lobbyist from the late 1970s throughout the 1980s.

Credit for Maine’s successes in tobacco prevention and control can be attributed to two major factors: A cohesive and collaborative partnerships among tobacco control advocates with effective lobbying strategies (individually tailored campaigns rather than a one-size-fits-all approach) and diversified funding strategies.

Read more: UCSF: Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education