Netherlands is told to get tough on smokers as cancer mortality stagnates

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3309
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

    The Netherlands needs the political will to do more to tackle smoking, experts on tobacco control urged at an international conference in The Hague this week. The call came as the latest figures show numbers of deaths from cancer and levels of smoking higher than the European average.

    The Dutch organisation Stivoro, the tobacco control expertise centre that hosted the conference together with the Dutch National Cancer Control Programme, called for a new direction for tobacco control.

    The conference heard that more incisive messages about the consequences of smoking and more awareness about the influence of the tobacco industry were needed. Only then would smoking become less “normal” and the Netherlands properly fulfil its commitments …

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