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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Walking into the majestic Royal Society building in London for the 5th E-Cigarette Summit, I was struck that the first painting of many great inventors visible in the vast rooms and stairways was that of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. A new technology innovator, being honored in an old building. For me, attending […]
Foundation for a Smoke-Free World founder and president Derek Yach delivered a keynote address to the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Read a summary of his speech to learn about the Foundation’s new approach to ending smoking. READ HERE
I was quite surprised when the World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a statement mischaracterizing the mission of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, and wrongly suggesting the Foundation doesn’t comply with Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). As someone deeply involved in the development of the FCTC as a cabinet […]
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World was established to address a major public health crisis and the world’s number one preventable cause of death: smoking. It was founded with the intent to bring needed resources, expertise, innovative thinking and a collaborative spirt to form partnerships, initiate dialogue, conduct research and take action more rapidly to rid […]
This is an open letter sent by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World president Dr. Derek Yach, on January 9, 2018, to Prof. David B. Abrams et. al in response to their letter addressed to Dr. Yach and the Foundation on November 16, 2017, in regards to funding, governance and independence. Prof. David B. Abrams […]
#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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