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Correcting misconceptions about nicotine can change smoking behavior

More than 1.3 billion people use tobacco around the world, and even though more than 8 million people die each year from tobacco-related diseases, traditional combustible cigarettes are still the most common form of nicotine consumption in the world. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that nicotine is responsible for smoking-related cancers and other illnesses. However, […]

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Measuring MPOWER’s Impact on Smoking Cessation: Towards Better Metrics

There have been many studies examining the effects of lives saved since the adoption of the WHO FCTC and its MPOWER measures.  The recent one, published in Tobacco Control by Husain et al, explored two issues: First, how effective are interventions such as MPOWER in achieving our shared goal of a smoke-free world? Second, can […]

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Tobacco Regulation: Who is Getting It Right?

I recently addressed the 2020 GTNF conference on the topic of “who is getting tobacco regulation right?”. My answer was blunt: at present, very few! If we were, we would not have eight million deaths a year from tobacco use. Nor would we have 1.3 billion people still using tobacco products, most in a toxic […]

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Tobacco companies must do more to transform

Many “dirty” industries are actively shifting their actions to correct negative health, environmental, and social impacts. Through research and disruptive technologies, they are ushering in many beneficial changes, such as the decline of the internal combustion engine; increased sales of foods with less salt, sugar, and saturated fats; the emergence of sustainable energy companies; and […]

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Foundation Launches First Tobacco Transformation Index

On September 21, 2020, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World launched the first Tobacco Transformation Index. The Index is a tool that aims to accelerate the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use. For the tobacco companies that are already implementing some form of transformation, the Index provides a relative scorecard and benchmark to guide […]

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