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President Derek Yach’s Statement on the WHO’s Global Tobacco Epidemic Report:
(July 27) Derek Yach offers his perspective on the WHO’s approach to tobacco control. Read more

Tobacco Harm Reduction: Time to Change Attitudes:
(July 21) The ideology around harm reduction is beginning to shift. Derek Yach compares the history of drug harm reduction to the challenges facing tobacco harm reduction advocates today. Read more

Why has the WHO FCTC failed to reduce adult smoking and its health impact?:
(June 18) Derek Yach delivers the 3rd Michael Russell keynote at 2021 Global Forum on Nicotine.
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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


4 Deaths Every Second from Smoking.1


Deaths Annually

There are 8 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


Nearly 60 percent of smokers want to quit.2


Second-hand smoke causes more than 1.22M premature deaths per year.2

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.
By david janazzo
Improper government policies related to tobacco can lead to increased consumption among the poor, erosion of tax revenues, and, worryingly,…
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.
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