Tobacco and Public Policy

I think it’s safe to say that the life and career of somebody working in public policy is more than definitely an ambitious one. They want to make a change happen in the world, or even personally see to it that things stay the same in their workplace. It definitely takes a strong will, intellect, and the willingness to voice opinions, and voice them in a strategic way, whenever needed.

So I decided to give anti-tobacco lobbyists a look, and see what they had to potentially say about all of the mess that they deal with on a regular basis.

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It was actually very tough to find any info on a specific lobbying group. But after some very persistent searching, I came across Vector Group. Vector Group appears to be a lobbying group that works with both tobacco and taxes. I couldn’t find all too much information on what they’ve done, but I did get some statistics off of influence explorer.

The main chunk of information that seemed relevant in any way whatsoever was the amount of money spent in all of their lobbying efforts. According to what was said, the firm had spend a total of $500,000 on their 2011 efforts alone.

Would this be called successful? It’s hard to tell with raw numbers, especially when the site doesn’t reveal how well their efforts have worked out.

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