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The FCTC's evidence-based policies remain a key to ending the tobacco epidemic
  1. Matthew L Myers
  1. Correspondence to Matthew L Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 1400 I Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005, USA; MMyers{at}


With the dramatic reduction in tobacco use in developed nations, a growing number of public health leaders have called for what they describe as an ‘endgame’ strategy and the need for new policies to achieve that goal. In moving forward, it is important not to lose sight of the policies that have been the underpinnings of successful tobacco reduction efforts to date, nor should we allow any discussion of new strategies to decrease the emphasis on fully implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Any ‘endgame’ strategy should carefully build on the evidence-based strategies that have proven so effective and not be based on the false premise that the policies embraced by the FCTC are incapable of reducing tobacco use far below current levels or to a level where tobacco caused disease is no longer a major public health problem.

  • End game
  • Prevention
  • Public policy

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