the need for smoking prevention versus cessation—both are
important.”6 Comprehensive strategies have been and should
continue to be the focus of global tobacco control efforts.
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
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and Measuring Health Care Quality
To the Editor: In their Commentary, Dr Pronovost and col-
leagues1 discussed generally accepted accounting prin-
ciples (GAAP) and qualitymeasurement. Althoughwe agree
that a standardized reporting system usingGAAP as amodel
is a good idea in theory, there are several cautionary les-
sons from a relatively simple system like accounting to keep
in mind when com