Tuesday, July 22, 2008


The weary and jet-lagged participants stayed attentive to a four-member panel, entitled "Predictions of the Future: Where Will Tobacco Control be in Five Years?" even though for many it felt as if it were the wee hours of the morning. Then, they asked for practical advice about how to make change. Participants from Indonesia and Mexico expressed concern that tobacco is so closely linked to government that execs help to formulate regulations meant to watch-dog industry. Lambert points out that this underscores the necessity to stay vigilant. And, she suggests, reaching out to other allies-- women's movements, the environmental movement, workers' movements and alliances of farmers. "We need to get out of our silos," she says, "and make these broader alliances." The world's top public health officials and advocates were one step closer on Monday.

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