Tobacco: World No Tobacco Day


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To coincide with World No Tobacco Day 2013 (theme: are you being manipulated?), I attended a workshop in the European Parliament: Do tobacco control measures reduce tobacco use: evidence from research and practice.

Frankly, it was quite irksome at times. I finally felt obliged to tackle one of the speakers: here’s what happened…

Perhaps the most troubling contribution was a presentation with the title: Review of the scientific evidence on effectiveness of key measures to reduce smoking, with special reference to the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive by Kristina Mauer-Stender, Programme Manager, Tobacco Control, WHO-Europe office.

The presentation did nothing of the sort. In fact, it had no outcome data in it as far I could tell.? So I asked Ms Mauer-Stender what lessons we in Europe could learn from Sweden. As you may know, Sweden has by far the lowest rate of smoking in Europe, and very low rates of smoking-related disease as a result.

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