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Members of Congress, Health Groups & International Experts to Discuss Global Implications of U.S. Tobacco Policy

March 27, 1998

Washington, DC - Amid the extensive coverage of the American debate over tobacco policy, one critical issue remains largely in the shadows: How will U.S. policy affect the rest of the world? Less than five percent of the world’s smokers live in the U.S.; what can America do to help the other 95 percent? The World Health Organization predicts that 500 million people alive in the world today -- including 200 million of today’s children -- will be killed by tobacco. Is it too late to avert this unimaginable public health catastrophe? What is America’s responsibility, given the role of American tobacco companies in promoting tobacco use overseas? These will be the subjects of a media briefing featuring Members of Congress and U.S. and international tobacco policy experts, including Bill Novelli, president of the CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS. Learn more about provisions to address international concerns that are already included in several bills now pending before Congress. Who: Lloyd Doggett, U.S.Representative(Texas) Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative (California) Bill Novelli, CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS Dr. Witold Zatonski, Tobacco Control Expert/Central and Eastern Europe Mark Palmer, Vice Chairman/Center for Communication, Health and the Environment and Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary What: Media Briefing on International Aspects of U.S. Tobacco Policy When: Tuesday, March 31, 3:00 p.m. Where: Foreign Press Center National Press Building 529 - 14th Street, N.W., Suite 898 Washington, DC