Identifying and responding to technical assistance and training needs in tobacco prevention and control.

American Legacy Foundation, Washington, DC, USA.
Health Promotion Practice (Impact Factor: 0.55). 08/2004; 5(3 Suppl):159S-166S. DOI: 10.1177/1524839904264626
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