Throughout North America, governments--federal,
provincial, state, and local--have declared tobacco to be public
health enemy Number 1. What should public policy be toward
tobacco, a legal product that remains a habitual pleasure for one
Canadian in four? To answer this question, The Fraser Institute
invited leading scientists, public-policy experts, and
journalists to meet in Ottawa on May 13, 1999 to debate the costs
and benefits of tobacco regulation.
This seminal event produced several important critiques of past
and present government policies towards both the companies that
produce tobacco products and the consumers of these products.
This publication is the first of a number of Public Policy
Sources highlighting specific aspects of the debate over tobacco