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Tobacco, Public Health, and Policy
Tobacco, public health, and policy

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

—Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate (1988)

New approaches to tobacco control policy have the potential to contribute to the creation of longer and healthier lives for millions of people; alternatively, new policies could worsen their fate. The effect will depend on the nature of the policy and how it is implemented. Designing and implementing tobacco control policies to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco will require attention to factors as diverse as attitudes about the place of tobacco in society, the utility of cigarettes in controlling body weight, the addicting effects of tobacco-delivered nicotine, and governmental reliance on tobacco product tax ...

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