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  1. John M Pinney
  1. Corporate Health Policies Group, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

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This supplement is an important milestone on the path leading from recognition of the health consequences of tobacco use to identification and implementation of those “appropriate remedial actions”* that will finally bring the tobacco epidemic to an end. But it is just a milestone, albeit an important one, and without further energy and direction, it will take its place with other well intentioned, but ineffectual, efforts to set priorities and focus attention on tobacco control policies.

In the almost 30 years since the journey began in earnest, there has been progress on almost every front. Now, there is a strong consensus within …

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  • * The Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health, which produced the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking, concluded that “Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance in the United States to warrant appropriate remedial action.”