Dr. Derek Yach, a global health expert and anti-smoking advocate for more than 30 years, is the president of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. Throughout his career, he has supported and led smoking cessation research and policy development and has been a strong proponent of harm-reduction policies, calling for a greater emphasis on harm reduction as early as 2005. He is also a passionate advocate of health promotion and disease prevention, and is advancing his career’s work at the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
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For decades, the US was a leader in global health. It played a key role in establishing the World Health Organization (WHO), steered the eradication of diseases like smallpox, and guided the development of innumerable standards that underpin modern health policy. Then came the Trump Presidency. Over the past four years, and particularly throughout the […]
It was an era in which we became accustomed to daily death tolls broadcast on TV; work, school, and play shifted to virtual space; and masks served as both a life-saving accessory and confounding controversy. On many fronts, the era was marked by despair, not only from the virus proper, but also from the isolation […]
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, critiquing the World Health Organization (WHO) has become somewhat fashionable. Perhaps spotting an appetite for this vein of commentary, António Abrunhosa recently penned an article condemning the WHO’s spending on tobacco control efforts. Through a series of deceptive claims, Abrunhosa attempts to diminish the importance of such efforts—and, ultimately, […]
I recently addressed the 2020 GTNF conference on the topic of “who is getting tobacco regulation right?”. My answer was blunt: at present, very few! If we were, we would not have eight million deaths a year from tobacco use. Nor would we have 1.3 billion people still using tobacco products, most in a toxic […]
Many “dirty” industries are actively shifting their actions to correct negative health, environmental, and social impacts. Through research and disruptive technologies, they are ushering in many beneficial changes, such as the decline of the internal combustion engine; increased sales of foods with less salt, sugar, and saturated fats; the emergence of sustainable energy companies; and […]
Over half of polled physicians incorrectly believe #nicotine causes cancer. Jed Rose, co-inventor of the nicotine patch, explained what’s driving these misperceptions at last year’s 15 years conference. A @16YearsFCTC conference is coming this summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6-OXgEgqPs
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The Biden-Harris Administration reaffirms their commitment to “follow the science” by releasing their statement on drug policy. It’s encouraging that “enhancing evidence-based #harmreduction efforts” is a priority.
.@SteveForbesCEO discusses #ecigarettes versus combustible cigarettes, where the facts lineup and what anti-vapers are getting wrong. “The facts are on the side of e-cigarettes. For unfathomable reasons, vaping has been equated with regular tobacco smoking-the opposite is true.”
This Friday episode of What's Ahead looks at the various pressure groups and public health officials who are battling against e-cigarettes https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2021/03/19/e-cigarettes-vs-tobacco-and-what-anti-vapers-are-getting-wrong/?utm_source=twitter_video&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=forbes
17 countries are signatories to the @FCTCofficial and have governments that own 10% or more of at least one #tobacco company. Daniel Malan examines the conflicts of interest and offers potential solutions in the Contradictions and Conflicts report: https://www.smokefreeworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Contradictions-and-Conflicts-FINAL-V2.pdf
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