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February 23, 1994

Tobacco Control: An International Journal

Author Affiliations

National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine Denver, Colo

JAMA. 1994;271(8):636. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510320078039

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After more than 50 000 articles on tobacco and health and more than 8000 pages in 21 reports from the Surgeon General, the time is right for a truly unique journal dedicated to the movement to control tobacco use. As quoted in the first editorial, "smoking represents the most extensively documented cause of disease ever investigated in the history of biomedical research." An international journal, Tobacco Control aims to be a "vehicle for progress in tobacco control worldwide." Researchers in smoking cessation and tobacco control are "fighting a deadly, addictive behavior supported by a wealthy and powerful industry." The editor, Ronald M. Davis, MD, sees the movement as fragmented and inadequately coordinated. The aim of the journal is to "help foster communication, cooperation, and cohesion among the many organizations and individuals working in this field." The journal intends to define the problem and the efforts to combat it and to

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