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Closing Comments

November 6, 2003: Public and Private Sector Roles in Tobacco Use Reduction

With no additional comments, Dr. Carmona offered some closing remarks. He referenced Dr. Larry Field's discussion about the federal government's commitment to evidence-based decision making, but acknowledged that there is often a problem in translating this evidence-base into practical programs and policies. Dr. Carmona also acknowledged the importance of monitoring and evaluating the impact of our efforts. Referring to Dr. Howard Koh's presentation, he talked about the impressive media campaign that had been created in Massachusetts, and also the importance of the state's ability to demonstrate the success of its program through outcome measurements. Dr. Carmona reminded the committee of Dr. John Seffrin's presentation about the role of nongovernmental organizations and their emphasis on citizen engagement and participation. And finally, Dr. Jonathan Samet's presentation focused on the academic perspective and the importance of evidence-based decision making.

The common element demonstrated in all of the presentations, Dr. Carmona summarized, was the value of partnerships in moving these issues forward. He stressed his own commitment, as well as that of President Bush and Secretary Thompson, to eradicating tobacco related morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and abroad. He thanked the committee members for their commitment.

The meeting adjourned at 12:33 p.m.

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