Tobacco industry preemptive/proactive legislation

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Preemptive legislation refers to policies the tobacco industry develops and advances that trump or supercede state or local laws. An example would be enacting a weak, state-wide clean indoor air law that simultaneously prevents towns and counties from enacting more effective measures.

Proactive legislation refers to industry-advanced policies that cause something to happen legislatively that protects industry intersts instead of waiting and responding to legislative threats after they happen. Proactive legislation is contrasted with reactive legislation, that is brought after a detrimental event has already occurred.

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