- International Tobacco Control
Conference Begins Today
- March 17, 1999: Legislators and health officials from 30 countries are meeting
in Washington, DC this week to discuss the growing international
The policy makers will discuss warning labels,
taxes, and limits on tobacco marketing. "The idea is that the
people who make the laws never talk to each other about tobacco
and kids," said Bill Novelli, head of the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids, one of the organizations sponsoring the
The tobacco industry, however, is skeptical.
Tobacco industry spokesman Scott Williams commented, "I think
it's more a publicity stunt than anything else. If they want
to get kids to stop smoking, why haven't they invited anyone
from the industry?"
Novelli, responding to Mr. Williams said,
"Right after the conference we would be happy to meet with the
industry to tell them how they could protect kids."
The conference is sponsored by US Senators Richard Durbin
(D-IL), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with several public health
- THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR (on-line), (3/17/99) "Taking Tobacco Out Of
Mouth Of Babes", Ron Scherer, p. 1
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