Table 3

Areas of convergence: recommendations of three agenda setting meetings

Areas of convergence 10th Word Conference on Tobacco or Health IOM RITC
Improve knowledge of the size and nature of the tobacco related burden of disease in developing countriesPut in place a surveillance strategy to track progress in controlling tobacco use and tobacco related disease. Estimate the total impact of tobacco production and consumption in a developing country context.Establish regional surveillance systems to provide baseline data on patterns and trends in tobacco-attributable morbidity and mortality.
Establish the levels, determinants, and consequences of tobacco use at the local, national, and regional levelTrack progress in controlling tobacco use; investigate the practices of the tobacco industry; study transnational factors in tobacco use; complement national with subnational and international researchStudy the prevalence of tobacco use in developing countries; monitor tobacco consumption trends, especially in children, adolescents, and womenEstablish regional surveillance systems to provide baseline data on the prevalence of tobacco use and consumption patterns and trends
Document and assess the impact of policies related to tobacco use, including health, economic, agricultural, environmental, and international trade policiesIdentify the proper mix of policies through research; find a balance between research on prevention and cessationDetermine the cost effectiveness of community based prevention and cessation programmesDocument and assess existing policies and programmes
Build capacity for research and establish a network for communicating information, data, and best practicesRemedy the lack of a data gathering infrastructure, expertise and funding for tobacco control research; multidisciplinary research is key to effective interventions and policiesTrain investigators and strengthen links between basic, epidemiological, clinical, and policy research; foster a problem solving, multidisciplinary approachIdentify stakeholders, researchers and research institutions and their needs; build capacity for tobacco control research, especially in non-health related areas; establish networks to facilitate information sharing, capacity building, and the development of multidisciplinary research teams
  • IOM, Institute of Medicine; RITC, Research for International Tobacco Control.