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Tobacco control in Massachusetts: making smoking history

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program would like to thank the many organisations that support the work of developing a smoke-free state. The Massachusetts Coalition for a Healthy Future was instrumental in advocating for the establishment of a tobacco control programme in Massachusetts. Nationally, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were committed to helping Massachusetts move forward in its work.

This supplement required many hours from the managers of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Howard Koh, Deborah Klein Walker, Gregory Connolly, Harriet Robbins, and Daniel Friedman provided guidance and commitment to having this supplement come to fruition. Carolyn Celebucki managed and oversaw the project. Milly Krakow coordinated and facilitated the effort.

At the journal, Ann McNeill, Simon Chapman, and John Weller were extraordinarily helpful and persevering in all details of the project. Also, thanks to the peer reviewers for their valued input.

Finally, thanks to the authors whose papers appear in this supplement. They participated enthusiastically in a time consuming project, providing expertise and insight on a range of issues. It is through the work presented here that we are able to move toward our goal of making smoking history in Massachusetts.

Dedication

This supplement is dedicated to Pamela Laffin and Dr John Slade.

Pamela Laffin was a tireless advocate for the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program. Ms Laffin developed chronic asthma and emphysema in her early 20s, as a result of smoking. She told her story to the public through ad campaigns and public speaking engagements, and educated children and adolescents about the dangers and consequences of smoking. Ms Laffin died in October 2000 at 31 years of age of smoking related causes

Dr John Slade worked closely with the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program since its inception. Dr Slade contributed to the MTCP training and certification programme for tobacco treatment specialists, and his models informed the development of nicotine dependency treatment into the state's substance abuse programmes. He also provided expert advice on how the Massachusetts Department of Public Health administered the Massachusetts Tobacco Product Disclosure Law. Dr Slade died on 29 January 2002. An article he co-authored before his death appears in this supplement.

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