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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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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 […]
An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated.1 We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures […]
Many habits—both healthy and unhealthy—are established during adolescence. For this reason, strong data regarding youth behaviors can be of immense value to health policymakers, as well as schools and parents. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) seeks to gather precisely this type of data. Yet the survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control […]
In his recent article, “Co-optation of harm reduction by Big Tobacco,” Timothy Dewhirst opens with a correct and critical message: “Harm reduction is a respected public health strategy for managing addictive behaviours that pose severe health risks.” Yet, his further treatment of the topic aims to delegitimize the most vital harm reduction project of our […]
80% of smokers live in low-middle income countries (LMICs), yet access to #tobaccoharmreduction products remains controversial in those markets. @gtnf2020 Derek Yach (@swimdaily) said denying LMICs access to reduced-risk products will prevent millions from improving their health.
“Smokers want to quit without quitting cigarettes,” said #smokingcessation expert @RiccardoPolosa during a @15Conference webinar. Riccardo went on to explain that alternatives like #ecigarettes are valuable tools. Click here to watch the full conference: https://bit.ly/3dO2uNu
The tobacco ecosystem in India is complex. @andymukherjee70 suggests a new structure for ITC #India & uses findings from http://tobaccotransformationindex.org to evaluate companies' progress toward #tobaccoharmreduction.
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Homepage | GSTHR Online Event A MUST watch event and no doubt, a vital addition to those committed to #endsmoking and supporting #tobacco harm reduction @SmokeFreeFdn @GerryStimson https://events.gsthr.org/
Lack of ambition to accelerate #smokingcessation and #harmreduction means more deaths and disease. On @RegWatchCanada Derek Yach (@swimdaily) talks about how the http://TobaccoTransformationIndex.org provides stakeholders info to drive change in the tobacco industry. https://regwat.ch/3iykuMt
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