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CDC Grand Rounds: Current Opportunities in Tobacco Control

Friday, May 21, 2010  
CDC Grand Rounds: Current Opportunities in Tobacco Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. April 30, 2010;59(16):487-492.

This report discusses the current state of tobacco control both nationally in the U.S. and worldwide. It also identifies two key developments in tobacco control policy and planning: the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been signed by 168 countries, went into effect in February 2005, and the 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) "blueprint for action.”

Strategies for further opportunities for tobacco control identified within these documents include increased pricing of tobacco products, protection from exposure to tobacco smoke, and efforts to educate the public and consumers about the health risks associated with tobacco use. They also include regulation of product contents, packaging, and advertising. Finally, strengthening and fully implementing traditional evidence-based tobacco control measures are indicated as a next step to capitalize on existing efforts and maximize the opportunity for further gains. The authors conclude that through these strategies, and by achieving a modest decline in smoking prevalence worldwide (from 25% to 20%) through further use of tobacco control measures, 100 million deaths can be prevented by 2020.

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