January 12, 2018
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 tobacco control community who worked on the Bloomberg Initiative Grants Program (which helped fund policy development and implementation of MPOWER elements), I remember how MPOWER was almost blocked at the outset – ironically, by critics from the tobacco control community.