Novel, even radical proposals stimulate new thinking and dialogue around "endgame" strategies for tobacco prevention and control.
While the reduction in tobacco use has seen dramatic results in just the last decade, rates of smoking prevalence have stalled. An estimated 6 million people a year die from illnesses caused by cigarettes; 400,000 of those deaths occur in the U.S. alone.
What would it take to reduce or entirely eliminate cancer-causing illnesses and deaths? The answer, according to many thought leaders, scholars and experts in the tobacco field is the ‘tobacco endgame.’
In June 2012, Kenneth E. Warner, former dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and project director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiative to evaluate solutions for preventing and controlling tobacco use, convened 40 top tobacco control advocates who discussed their own ideas for ‘endgame’ strategies.
The series of articles in this special supplement of Tobacco Control are an outgrowth of that meeting, and offer six endgame strategies intended to stimulate new thinking and dialogue for tobacco prevention and control—from dramatically reducing nicotine, to total abolition of cigarette sales.
Warner states, “While we struggle today with often widely divergent perspectives and beliefs, we all share the same vision of the final words to this story: 'The end'."
- 1. Questions For a Tobacco-Free Future
- 2. Minimising the Harm from Nicotine Use
- 3. Supply-Side Options for an Endgame for the Tobacco Industry
- 4. Reducing the Nicotine Content to Make Cigarettes Less Addictive
- 5. Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of an Endgame Strategy
- 6. The Tobacco-Free Generation Proposal
- 7. Why Ban the Sale of Cigarettes?
- 8. Ending Versus Controlling Versus Employing Addiction in the Tobacco-Caused Disease Endgame
- 9. Large-Scale Unassisted Smoking Cessation Over 50 Years
- 10. Ending Tobacco-Caused Mortality and Morbidity
- 11. There's No Single Endgame
- 12. Reflections on the "Endgame" for Tobacco Control
- 13. Tobacco Endgames
- 14. The FCTC's Evidence-Based Policies Remain A Key to Ending the Tobacco Epidemic
- 15. Cultivating the Next Generation of Tobacco Endgame Advocates
- 16. Can Tobacco Control Endgame Analysis Learn Anything From the U.S. Experience With Illegal Drugs?
- 17. Political Impediments to a Tobacco End-Game
- 18. Tobacco Endgame Strategies
- 19. In and Across Bureaucracy
Upcoming Webinar: "Last Cowboy Standing: Smoking and the Future of Tobacco Control"
Join Ken Warner, PhD, on May 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. ET, as he explores current strategies and new directions that could have a more dramatic impact on tobacco control. Hosted by the Cessation Leadership Center.
Learn About Our Work In
While the need to address disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically.
RWJF examines the types of competitive foods - foods and beverages schools offer outside of meal programs - available in our nation's school...
"The light at the end of the tunnel is ... that I carried the struggle further, and that I taught my children correctly, in the way they cho...
In 1990, Dr. Hotz's focus on collaboration led to the creation of another nonprofit organization designed to coordinate public and private h...
To Dr. Cheryl Holder, success lies in "…understanding the needs of my community and how to make solutions happen."
"I remember Ronald's smile and upbeat attitude about everything. No matter how despairing and hopeless I felt (I was clinically depressed) h...
To Dr. Arlene Goldsmith, anyone can become a leader, provided they are driven, have a personality that is open and engaging, and a passionat...
Whatever I learn from those experiences, I pass on to the people around me, so they don't have to go through what I went through in order to...
Since winning the award, Dr. Bonds has expanded her health-related educational programs, particularly through the increased use of technolog...
"Being a volunteer tests you, to see if you really can make a difference and if you really want to do it - because you do have to make sacri...
"Mr. Chatman will always be in my heart and mind. He taught me to love myself and others. He gave me a chance when no one else would."
The way Mr. Lynch looks at it, anyone can be a leader - with mentoring, training, and the right opportunity (the chance to make a living doi...