Our 2020 Vision: Creating a Childproof Cigarette Market by 2020

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

Reporting from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Regulatory Science and the Tobacco Industry at Harvard School of Public Health

In the last 20 years, even 10 years, we’ve seen a gradual decrease in tobacco use, even with youth. As more and more youth pick up the habit and as more and more smokers suffer and die, this product continues to wreak habit on our community, and more needs to be done to put an end to this epidemic.

Representatives from Legacy for Health presented on our successes, challenges and goals for the next ten years, with highlights on our progress in the past decade. In absence of Cheryl Heaton of Legacy Health, Dave Dobbins presented on steps for states to be doing to work on elimination of tobacco.

David Dobbins, Legacy Health

What should states be doing?

  • Taxation/point-of-sale policies – move tobacco sales to their own stores like liquor stores
  • Smokefree Air Laws
  • Warning labels and pack design
  • Regulatory requirements/incentives to move away from more harmful products
  • Eliminate flavoring
  • Youth Outreach
  • Physician trainings in cessation
  • Perform more research to provide evidence

As we reflect on our accomplishments from the last ten years, and the goals we made then, we should aim even higher for the next ten years to create smoke-free generation of youth.

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