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Letter From Hong Kong
May 19, 1999

International Aspects of US Government Tobacco Bills

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control, Sai Kung, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1849-1850. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1849

When Koop et al1 published "Reinventing American Tobacco Policy" in THE JOURNAL in February 1998, they were hopeful that the US public health sector, legislators, and the community at large would finally grasp the political nettle of tobacco control, reining in the tobacco industry domestically and internationally. Their hope was misplaced; the tobacco settlement talks collapsed and the US Senate voted to defeat a major tobacco control bill in June 1998.2

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