Ann Marie Rakovic, Tobacco Use expert, explores on the 2018 World No Tobacco Day, the advances in reducing tobacco use in the U.S. as well as how tobacco companies have evolved to stay in business and keep people chemically dependent on nicotine.
The tobacco control movement in the U.S. was one of the very first community “resistance” movements. It involved mobilizing against corporate greed, and a willingness to subvert public good to private will. So much was achieved in a relatively short time, but much remains to be done. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, let us celebrate how much has been achieved by people collectively speaking on behalf of their own health and welfare.