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Experts in Government, Public Health, Public Policy and Science Outline Blueprint for Reducing Death and Disease From Tobacco in the United States
Date:2/24/2009

m and policies to shift current tobacco users away from cigarettes. With these policies and programs, we believe that the death toll from cigarette smoking and other tobacco use can be reduced dramatically."

"Bold thinking is required to reverse the catastrophic projections for tobacco-caused deaths in this century," said Dialogue co-chair Mitch Zeller. "Simply put, there is no 'one size fits all' method to quit or reduce smoking. The public health community has failed to provide appropriate guidance on all the evidence-based methods available so that smokers concerned about their health but who find themselves unable or unwilling to quit have options on how to quit smoking successfully."

"Much is already known about the building blocks required to achieve the long-term vision and short-term policy objectives identified by the Dialogue," said Cheryl G. Healton, Dr. P.H., president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation(R), a sponsor of the Strategic Dialogue. "We have a unique public health opportunity right now to dare to envision a future world where almost no one smokes a cigarette," she added.

Dialogue members also identified several issues requiring further research before policy changes could be recommended. These issues involve questions, such as whether reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes to non-addicting levels would likely lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence, and what are the key issues surrounding long-term use of safer nicotine-containing products?

The Dialogue was jointly funded by the American Legacy Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Minnesota Tobacco Use Research Center. Dialogue members met four times between December 2005 and August 2007.

A full roster of Dialogue participants is below.

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