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  1. Saul Shiftman
  1. Smoking Research Group, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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I’m happy to welcome you here on behalf of the Planning Committee. It’s a pleasure to see this actually happening after almost a year of planning, and I’m looking forward to the next day and a half.

We have 2454 days left until the year 2000, at which point the national goals are to have a smoking prevalence of 15%. We’re now at roughly 25%. Put another way, we are 81% of the way to the year 2000 from 1964, the year of the first Surgeon General’s report, and we have cut smoking prevalence roughly by half. So we’re doing …

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