accelerating change: foundation blog

transformation through collaboration, consortium, and commitment

A word diagram from the WhatsApp conference group   The last week of November, approximately five hours before my flight left from DC to Lilongwe, I opened my suitcase and began to pack. Some may argue that sprinting around with literal moments to spare may not be the most prudent way to prepare for a […]

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ex-smokers who vape: smoking lapses and relapse

Small study; interesting findings. A new article published in Drug and Alcohol Review details how vaping (using e-cigarettes) helps some people avoid relapsing back to smoking. The authors, Caitlin Notley, Emma Ward, Lynne Dawkins, Richard Holland, and Sarah Jakes, have made a clear-headed and nuanced contribution to this controversial field. The paper is especially interesting to me because […]

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just keep listening

I recently returned home from Iowa, where the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World participated in The World Food Prize 2018 Borlaug Dialogue. A rarity among conferences, the Borlaug Dialogue gave voice to actual farmers to discuss their struggles and aspirations. I learned more than I could possibly imagine, just by listening to the farmers I hope […]

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bridging the gap between the private sector and academia for public good: a gender perspective

I recently attended Boston University (BU) School of Public Health’s Dean Symposium, “Private-Sector Collaborations with Academic Public Health: Opportunities and Challenges.” The topic is one that I personally and professionally grappled with in the past. I, like too many in traditional tobacco control and academia, initially rejected engagement with any industry. All the while, my […]

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addressing the need for resources and the research-based reality of harm reduction products

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 […]

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