accelerating change: foundation blog

a wake up call on world no tobacco day

As the world observes the 30th World No Tobacco Day, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been accomplished to reduce smoking rates. However, we still face many challenges as we aim to end this global epidemic. While many people believe smoking is becoming less prevalent, there is the same number of smokers today, […]

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comments on the first draft report of the who independent high-level commission on non-communicable diseases

Millions of people worldwide are affected by Non-Communicable Diseases (which include heart disease, lung diseases, mental illnesses, cancer, and diabetes), the burden of which is heaviest in high-income countries but is increasing in low- and middle-income countries. This burden becomes more visible as populations age and other causes of death and disease decline. The burden […]

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an open letter on the foundation’s independence and governance

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 […]

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have we seen this before?

Japan Tobacco estimates that domestic cigarette industry volume will decline at a rate of approximately 17.5% in 2018. The forecast is a result of the rapid category shift from combustible cigarettes to Heat-not-Burn (HnB) products in Japan – the pace of which is unusual for any consumer good and historically unheard of within the Tobacco […]

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back to the fundamentals

I first landed in Malawi in mid-2002. At the time, I was working for Catholic Relief Services, responsible for overseeing a massive food aid distribution as part of a consortium of almost 20 NGOs providing food to nearly 9 million people. It was a humanitarian disaster ostensibly triggered by drought, compounded by the added misfortune […]

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