Five years ago, the public health and tobacco control communities were given bold recommendations on how to end an epidemic that kills more than 400,000 Americans annually. In this time, the nation has seen historic changes in public policy as well as declines in smoking prevalence. Many of the Institute of Medicines’ (IOM) 42 recommendations have been implemented; however, public health leaders recognize that more still needs to be done to achieve full success by 2017, when the report will reach its decade mark. The Warner Series event held by Legacy on March 29, 2012 offered a thought-provoking panel discussion examining the IOM report as a tool to measure progress, while highlighting key areas where improvement is required.

Opening remarks by Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, President of the IOM

  • Warner Series: Five Years After the IOM Release: Is the Blueprint for the Nation on Track to End the Tobacco Epidemic?

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Richard Bonnie

Committee Chair of the IOM’s 2007 Report, Ending the Tobacco Problem: A Blueprint for the Nation, Harrison Foundation Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Virginia School of Law


The Honorable Joseph Califano Jr.

Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia), former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare

Tim McAfee, MD, MPH

Director, CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Steven A. Schroeder, MD

Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Department of Medicine and Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco