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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 60-62

Opening gambit: Strategic options to initiate the tobacco endgame


1 Senior Technical Advisor, The Union South-East Asia (The Union), International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), New Delhi, India
2 Deputy Regional Director, The Union South-East Asia (The Union) International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Pranay Lal
The Union South-East Asia (The Union), International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), C-6, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 016
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_231_17

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Endgame strategies to rapidly hasten the decline of tobacco are already well within reach; a few plausible policy options are outlined herein for policy practitioners, tobacco control advocates, and public health specialists. The implementation of these measures which already exist within the gamut of existing legislation requires the galvanization of political will. The options we essay include liquidating existing public investments in tobacco, holding tobacco companies accountable within the jurisdictions of their operations, fixing liability for injury and the imposition of realistic costs on insurance providers.


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