Some fifty years since Sir Austin Bradford Hill and I found convincing
evidence that the great majority of lung cancers were due to smoking,
the global death toll from tobacco continues to climb.
In the intervening decades, research has established that tobacco causes
more than twenty fatal conditions and forty illnesses and has established
the measures that are most effective in combating the tobacco epidemic.
Doctors helped establish the risks of tobacco, care for patients with illnesses
caused by tobacco, and can help their patients to give up. They and their
professional organisations also have a responsibility to protect health by
urging effective public policies.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control represents an unparalleled
opportunity for governments to tackle the tobacco pandemic. In Tobacco
Under the Microscope, doctors examine the evidence, identify best
practice, and set out their manifesto for global tobacco control.