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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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 […]
When I studied epidemiology in the 1980s, Apartheid policies were still in effect in my home country, South Africa. At the time, many in the field believed that their roles transcended the narrow confines of epidemiology’s standard definition. That is, we wanted to do more than simply describe race, class and sex-based differences across metrics […]
In 1951, Sirs Richard Doll and Austin Bradford Hill began surveying thousands of doctors to determine the cause of rising lung cancer rates in the United Kingdom. Initial results clearly identified smoking as the culprit; and follow-up studies revealed additional causes of death attributable to the habit. This research galvanized doctors to take concrete actions: […]
Lives are lost to smoking every day. Yet, the tobacco epidemic rarely earns widespread attention—particularly amidst more acute crises like COVID-19. On World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) we strive to reinvigorate the fight against smoking, and to stress the uniquely devastating effects of tobacco on global health. Launched in 1988 under the auspices of the […]
They nurtured younger generations, and they can provide wisdom and stability in a fast-moving world. Yet public health officials usually prioritize infant and adolescent health. The underlying assumption here is that unhealthy habits can’t be reversed later in life, and the impact those habits have on an individual’s health can’t be eliminated or even significantly […]
#LungCancerAwarenessMonth ends today. An article published in @TheLancet found that #lungcancer rates now surpass #breastcancer rates worldwide, making lung cancer the #1 cause of cancer death in women. #Tobaccocontrol is needed to improve women's health. http://bit.ly/3k1PXb7
Technology disruption creates opportunities to lower tobacco-related death rates. While there is no long term health data on heated tobacco products, the latest evidence shows their toxin emissions are greatly reduced from combustibles. For more: https://bit.ly/36IGsZs
William Kamkwamba (@wkamkwamba), the coauthor of #TheBoyWhoHarnessedTheWind, joins Derek Yach (@swimdaily) on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. Derek & William discuss #tobaccofarming in #Malawi, William’s story & inspiring young people to innovate: https://bit.ly/2J6k9F6
"No one has ever approached [the doctors] with such a request: to participate in a study intended, shockingly, to explore issues re women and tobacco in southern India. And that, I explain to them, is exactly why I am doing it."
-- Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha
A new study published by Preventive Medicine features the first tobacco simulation model to consider smoking disparities related to depression. It’s estimated that by 2060, 484,000 smoking-related deaths will occur among adults with depression. https://bit.ly/32LHkLJ
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