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Smoking remains one of the world's leading preventable causes of death and disability among adults — in developing countries it accounts for the deaths of approximately two million people each year.

In this article, Linda Waverley Bridgen, executive director of Research for International Tobacco Control, describes how research can be used to move the tobacco issue further up the public policy agenda, particularly in the developing world.

Waverley Bridgen explains that certain key groups must be involved and informed — politicians, public and social movements, and policy makers and the media. The research community is a precious resource that can fill the gaps by helping to translate scientific findings into fruitful public policy initiatives.

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