As program director, Dr. Ehsan Latif is responsible for overseeing the strategy and execution of global initiatives that support smoking cessation and harm reduction. Dr. Latif has more than 20 years of experience managing the development and implementation of cohesive strategies to achieve public health gains by linking global health priorities to the needs on the ground.
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The recent publication of ‘e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products evidence review’ by Public Health England (PHE) provided findings that may shift attitudes and approaches to smoking globally. Its findings reveal a drop in smoking rates across the country, and associates e-cigarettes with this improved quit success rate across the last year. Further, the review highlights […]
The World Health Organization’s 2017 report on the global tobacco epidemic focuses on exciting progress made under the MPOWER strategy, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. It indicates nearly two thirds of the world’s population, about 4.7 billion people, is now protected by at least one best-practice tobacco control measure. That’s real progress over nearly ten years. As a member of the […]
Through my 20 years in tobacco control, I have often been asked, “What is the main challenge faced by the tobacco control movement?” I’ve heard the question so many times, the answer has become reflexive: “Tobacco industry interference.” Industry interference is often blamed for tobacco control woes – and rightly so. But I wonder if […]
Recently released data from Norway should cause public health professionals to sit up and take note. Cigarette users in Norway are turning to snus, a safer alternative to smoking, at a such a rate that snus users now outnumber cigarette users. In 2017, 12% of Norwegians used snus daily, compared to 11% who smoked cigarettes every day […]
It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I left my home in Pakistan to study in the UK. Back then, when I wanted to hear my family’s voice, I had to wait beside a landline telephone for what seemed like an eternity to get a three-minute, very expensive call from home. Compare that […]
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