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A multi-factorial approach to the endgame of the tobacco epidemic in Italy

The word "endgame" of the tobacco epidemic evokes many emotions, especially in researchers and clinicians. In the history of medicine only 2 times this goal has been achieved: on the 8th of May 1980, the WHO declared that smallpox was eradicated, and in June 2011, the United Nations FAO confirmed that rinderpest (cattle plague) was fully wiped out! Unfortunately, the declaration of polio eradication in 1999 was soon contradicted by the finding of some epidemic foci which have caused more than 200 cases worldwide in 2012.

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