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June 24, 1992

World Tobacco Conference Resolutions Abound

JAMA. 1992;267(24):3258. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480240016006

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MORE THAN 1000 people representing 87 nations attended the Eighth World Conference on Tobacco OR Health.

Says Jerie Jordan, editor of the American Cancer Society's World Smoking and Health and a member of the conference organizing committee: "It was the first time an international conference on smoking was held in a developing country. There was also a marked increase in participation by women. We consider these achievements extremely significant because developing countries and women have become major new markets for the tobacco industry."

Among the resolutions adopted by the conference was one that calls on the United States to respect the sovereign rights of nations to protect the health of their people through tobacco-control legislation. (Please see accompanying article.) The resolution asks the US government to "give priority to human health over the profits of its tobacco companies in negotiating with Taiwan and other nations."

The conference also adopted a