On April 14, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered his vision for the future of global tobacco control efforts. With only five months left until the September 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and just days prior to the Ministerial Meeting in Moscow on NCDs, Dr. Frieden reflected on the major achievements and gaps in international tobacco control since the founding of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, outlined the United States? special contributions, and defined the best, most practicable tobacco-related outcomes for the September UN High Level Meeting. An implementers roundtable on the international, regional, and domestic challenges and opportunities of operationalizing tobacco control strategies followed Dr. Frieden?s presentation. Panelists: Dr. Vinayak Prasad, Senior Advisor, Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organization Dr. Adriana Blanco, Advisor, Tobacco Control, Pan American Health Organization Ms. Yolonda Richardson, Vice-President, International Programs, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global Tobacco Control Branch, Office on Smoking and Health, CDC J. Stephen Morrison, Director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, hosted the event.

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