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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. Read more

World No Tobacco Day 2021 Shows Tobacco Control at a Crossroads:
(June 10) In the wake of World No Tobacco Day 2021, Derek Yach reflects on the consequences of the divide between those who accept tobacco harm reduction and those who reject it. Read more

Reinstituting Traditional Practices To Reduce Smoking While Pregnant:
(May 31) The Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking began a feasibility trial for an innovative program aimed at helping to support pregnant Maori women abstain from smoking. Read more

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 Yuchen Xue
中国或将引领烟草业的转型 When Chinese e-cigarette maker RELX Technology went public this January, its price quickly soared. Shares increased 145.92% on opening…
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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