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