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 Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) welcomes the release of the 2018 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). While we remain optimistic about the progress of the work undertaken to slow the demand for combustibles, the FCTC Secretariat’s approach and direction, as it relates to smoking cessation and […]
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 […]
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
About 90% of the worlds’ #vaping devices are manufactured in #Shenzhen. #China has the potential to lead innovations in the #tobaccharmreduction sector. They must be considered during today’s @thegtnf panel, “Innovation as the Path to Progress” https://www.smokefreeworld.org/china-could-lead-transformation-of-the-tobacco-sector/
“Smoking is the biggest public health challenge in the world today. We need boldness, imagination, & a recognition that consumer preferences & new technology are forces that will drive the change that is needed." - Amb. James Glassman #FightAgainstSmoking https://www.fightagainstsmoking.org/the-global-fight-against-tobacco-has-stalled/
Derek Yach asked the audience at @thegtnf “how many lives could be saved if we were able to adopt #harmreduction in just 3 countries?” The Commission Report #FightAgainstSmoking shows that tobacco use is concentrated in #China, #India & #Indonesia. http://fightagainstsmoking.org
Derek Yach (@swimdaily) asks the industry to consider “doubling down on change” and work together to develop a solution to issues like youth #vaping, misinformation and availability of harm reduced products in LMICs. @theGTNF #GTNF21
Derek Yach (@swimdaily) reflects on how the @FCTCofficial has changed since he left @WHO. This is valuable insight to build on for today’s @thegtnf panel on “Transforming the FCTC”
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