COVID19 State of Smoking Poll:
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World commissioned a poll in 5 countries that explores the relationship between COVID-19 social distancing and health among 6,801 tobacco and nicotine users. Read more here.

Global Health Perspectives with Derek Yach:
An ongoing series of conversations with Dr. Derek Yach and experts in global health about how smoking sits at the nexus of many major health issues. Listen here.

World No Tobacco Day 2020:
Each year since 1988, World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31, serving as a reminder of the tireless efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking around the world. Read more here.

health, science & technology

Complements ongoing tobacco control efforts to accelerate quitting and switching to tobacco harm reduction products while understanding the individual smoker
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agriculture and livelihoods

Aims to diversify tobacco-dependent economies, ensuring that smallholder farmers impacted by the declining demand for tobacco are supported to find sustainable alternative livelihoods
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industry transformation

Focuses on delivering change across the entire global tobacco industry and nicotine ecosystem
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a global epidemic

Smoking is the world’s leading cause of preventable death


One Death Every 6 Seconds from Smoking.1


Deaths Annually

There are 7.2 million smoking-related deaths annually, killing more people than hiv/aids, malaria & tuberculosis combined.2


Kills More than 1 Out of Every 2 Smokers

Smoking kills more than half of its long-term users.3 4


Nearly 70 percent of smokers want to quit.5


Second-hand smoke causes more than 890,000 premature deaths per year.6

news & media

Dr. Derek Yach, President of the Foundation, has been supporting and leading smoking cessation research and policy development for more than 30 years.
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Lives are lost to smoking every day. Yet, the tobacco epidemic rarely earns widespread attention—particularly amidst more acute crises like…
Through every Health, Science, and Technology grant and partnership, we are strengthening our efforts to accelerate the end of smoking.
Learn about the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World and our goal to end smoking in this generation.