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This session of Grand Rounds explored the control of tobacco use—the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. Currently, approximately 6 million people die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses, a figure expected to increase to more than 8 million a year by 2030. If current global trends continue, tobacco use will cause up to 1 billion deaths in the 21st century.

CDC is the lead US federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control, and CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health develops, conducts, and supports strategic efforts to protect the public’s health from the harmful effects of tobacco use. An efficient and systematic surveillance mechanism to monitor the epidemic is one of the essential components of a comprehensive tobacco control program.

Global tobacco control has been called a “best buy” in public health. Beyond monitoring of tobacco use and exposure, this session will discuss effective prevention strategies at the personal, population, and policy levels.

Presented By

Joanna Cohen, PhD
Director, Institute for Global Tobacco Control
Professor of Disease Prevention

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Samira Asma, DDS, MPH
Chief, Global Tobacco Control Branch
Office on Smoking and Health, CDC
Michael Eriksen, ScD
Dean, Institute of Public Health
Georgia State University

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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