The Transatlantic Conference on Tobacco (TACT): a model for international tobacco policy activism. Journal of cancer education David, S. P. 1998; 13 (4): 253-254


Smoking prevalence rates are alarmingly high in developing countries at a time when the United States and the United Kingdom are mobilizing domestic anti-smoking forces. A resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center established an American-British partnership to promote international tobacco policy activism.The program assembled a coalition of physicians and public health experts from the two countries and provided them with an Internet-based chat resource.The coalition utilized Internet resources to follow international trends in tobacco use policies and agreed to meet bimonthly through the site to promote anti-smoking activism.This report introduces a novel approach to international anti-tobacco policy activism. It provides a model that is transportable to other institutions and other public health measures.

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