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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Friday, July 14, 2006 - 3:30 PM

How Six Tobacco Control Organizations are Countering Political Interference in the DoJ Tobacco Trial

Bill Corr, J.D., Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 1400 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Objective: To educate tobacco control advocates on how to counter high-level political interference in the Department of Justice lawsuit against the tobacco industry and on the court ordered remedies that could promote public health.

Methods: Six tobacco control organizations retained counsel and were granted permission by the Federal Judge to submit legal briefs on the remedies which should be ordered by the Judge to stop future legal violations and to address the harms caused by the tobacco industry.

Results: The legal briefs of the six organizations described the legal rationale and specific legal remedies that the Court should order to stop all future legal violations by the defendant tobacco companies and to address the harms caused by the tobacco industry. The proposed remedies include nationwide cessation treatment services and tobacco use prevention services and comprehensive restrictions on industry marketing and business practices

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