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Research in support of tobacco control

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:321

Needs to study both country specific actions and global ones

  1. Jonathan M Samet, Chairman, department of epidemiologya,
  2. Carl E Taylor, Professor emeritus, department of international healtha,
  3. Karen M Becker, Postdoctoral fellow, department of international healtha,
  4. Derek Yach, Policy action coordinatorb
  1. a Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
  2. b Division of Development of Policy, Programme, and Evaluation, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

    Enough evidence exists already for all countries to implement a strong package of measures to control tobacco consumption and its harmful effects. These include banning advertising, restricting smoking in public, taxing tobacco, and establishing both governmental and non-governmental agencies to work against smoking. Yet more research still needs to be done to make tobacco control more effective. Many countries lack a research and data gathering infrastructure, and world wide there is an almost complete absence of funds for research directed at the global control of tobacco.

    Last year's 10th world conference on tobacco or health, held in Beijing in August, took place at a time when the multinational tobacco corporations were increasing their marketing activities world wide.1 Lacking skills in tobacco control, many …

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