accelerating change: foundation blog

accelerating an end to smoking: derek yach reflects on fifteen years of progress under who’s framework convention for tobacco control, and what’s next

    Fifteen years ago, this month, the final negotiating meeting for the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) ended in Geneva, ushering in a new era of global, coordinated efforts to tackle a major global health threat. Four million people died that year (2003) from tobacco-related diseases. Progress led by WHO […]

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Thoughts on “Why are the poor blamed and shamed for their deaths?”

On April 12, the book Natural Causes, by Barbara Ehrenreich, will be released. An edited extract was recently published in The Guardian entitled, “Why are the poor blamed and shamed for their deaths?” Some of the themes identified by the author are consistent with those highlighted by the Foundation’s State of Smoking Survey released last […]

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building on the foundation of public health england’s evidence review

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 […]

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the fctc, mpower, and fsfw: holistic tobacco control

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 […]

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a new deal for the smallholder tobacco farmer

After a four-year absence, I am thrilled to be back focusing on African agriculture issues. During my four years away from the topic, I focused on domestic hunger in the United States, then global food policy. For me, this work reinforced the reality that challenges exist everywhere—it becomes a matter of deciding which challenge you […]

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