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How Tobacco Health Warnings Can Foster Autonomy
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2013 (English)In: Public Health Ethics, ISSN 1754-9973, E-ISSN 1754-9981, Vol. 6, no 2, 207-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

I investigate whether tobacco health warnings' interference with autonomy is ethically justifiable in order to deter people from smoking. I dissociate first the informational role and the persuasive role of tobacco health warnings and show that both roles enable typical addicted smokers to better rule themselves, fostering their autonomy. The fact that some messages address people's non-deliberative faculties is therefore compensated by a larger positive influence on their autonomy. However, misleading messages are not ethically justified and should be avoided. Tobacco health warnings' effect on autonomy highlights an important difference between libertarian paternalism and classical paternalism.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 2, 207-219 p.
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Libertarian Paternalism, Smokers, Smoking, Risk, Principles, Optimism, Ethics, Nudge
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127780DOI: 10.1093/phe/pht011ISI: 000322749200007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84880754780OAI: diva2:646189

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Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-05 Last updated: 2013-09-06Bibliographically approved

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