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Briefing Date:05/23/2007
Topic:Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use: Strategies, Barriers and Consequences

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
644 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.
2203 Rayburn House Office Bldg. – 2:30 p.m.
and
628 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. – 4:00 p.m.

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on

Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation

by

Richard J. Bonnie, L.L.B., John S. Battle Professor of Law and Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville; and Chair, Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

Robert B. Wallace, M.D., M.Sc., Irene Ensminger Stecher Professor of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City; and Vice Chair, Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco; and Member, Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Reducing Tobacco Use is releasing a report on domestic tobacco control. Chaired by Richard Bonnie, the committee developed a blueprint to end the public health burden of tobacco use. While that objective is not likely to be achieved in 20 years, the report aims to set the nation irreversibly on a course for doing so. The committee believes that substantial and enduring reductions in tobacco use cannot be achieved simply by expecting past successes to continue. Continued progress will require persistence with regard to traditional tobacco control measures known to be effective and innovations in the regulatory landscape.

These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on Thursday, May 24, 2007 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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