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Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organization developed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the goal of which is to provide governments with guidelines for reducing tobacco use. Since then, representatives have convened every two years to discuss ways in which the FCTC, or its implementation, might be improved. This meeting is referred to as the Conference of the Parties (COP), and its ninth iteration is scheduled to take place in November of 2021.

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A special issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today explores progress towards the goals outlined in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Featuring the following peer-reviewed articles by Foundation staff, grantees, and other prominent experts, the issue also describes strategies for improving the FCTC and its implementation.  

Gender, women, and the future of tobacco control

Alexandra Solomon
Emerald Publishing Limited

SHARED// Monday, August 03, 2020

“The global tobacco control framework and its implementation by state governments have been largely gender blind to date. The WHO framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), adopted by the World Health” […]

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Government intervention in the market for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The known, the unknown and the challenges

 

Ayda A. Yurekli, Patricia Kovacevic, Emil Sunley, Karthik Ranganathan


Emerald Publishing Limited

SHARED//Monday July 20, 2020

“After 50 years of policy development, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) became international treaty in 2003 and came into force in 2005” […]

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Perceptions of nicotine in current and former users of tobacco and tobacco harm reduction products from seven countries

 

Sudhanshu Patwardhan, Jed E. Rose


Emerald Publishing Limited

SHARED//Saturday July 18, 2020

“Smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and disease globally. Smoking-related diseases include heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and”  […]

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Overcoming barriers to disseminate effective smoking cessation treatments globally

 

Sarah Rajkumar, Nada Adibah, Michael Jonathan Paskow, and Brian Eric Erikkila

Emerald Publishing Limited

SHARED//Saturday July 17, 2020

“Nicotine is best known as a constituent of tobacco and for its use as a tobacco cessation aid (National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2004). Burning tobacco releases thousands of substances, many of which can increase ” […]

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Goodbye Nicky hello Goldie – exploring the opportunities for transitioning tobacco farmers into cannabis production in Malawi

Linda Sowoya, Chifundo Akamwaza, Austin Mathews Matola, Axel Klein

Emerald Publishing Limited
SHARED//Wednesday July 15, 2020

“Nicotine is best known as a constituent of tobacco and for its use as a tobacco cessation aid (National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2004). Burning tobacco releases thousands of substances, many of which can increase ” […]

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Tobacco harm reduction in the 21st century

Renee O’ Leary and Riccardo Polosa

Emerald Publishing Limited
SHARED//Tuesday July 14, 2020

“Tobacco smoking is endemic with more than seven million deaths occurring every year amongst the 1.1 billion smokers worldwide, with 80% of tobacco users in the world’s low and middle-income countries ” […]

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Tobacco smoking in three “left behind” subgroups: indigenous, the rainbow community and people with mental health conditions

Marewa Glover, Pooja Patwardhan and Kyro Selket

Emerald Publishing Limited
SHARED//Tuesday July 9, 2020

“The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 target is to reduce the prevalence of current tobacco use by 30% ” […]

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An overview of tobacco control interventions in the Global South

Navin Kumar, Kamila Janmohamed, Jeannette Jiang, Jessica Ainooson, Ameera Billings, Grace Chen, Faith Chumo, Lauren Cueto and Amy Zhang

Emerald Publishing Limited
SHARED//Tuesday May 25, 2020

“Tobacco consumption is the main cause of preventable death worldwide (Ghebreyesus, 2019). Most of the global mortality burden of tobacco use lies in the Global South (Sinha et al., 2018)” […]

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Accelerating an end to smoking: a call to action on the eve of the FCTC’s COP9

Derek Yach MBChB MPH

Emerald Publishing Limited
SHARED//Tuesday May 23, 2020

“The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) defines itself as “an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standards of health.” […]

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Reports

Expert Review of WHO Euro Reports Related to Electronic Nicotine and Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems and Heated Tobacco Products

Ahead of the ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC),  announced the release of three reports on “the current state of scientific knowledge, and regulatory and policy options available on novel tobacco products.”

Contradictions and Conflicts

State ownership of tobacco companies and the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

News

NZ Vape Group Urges Local Govt. to Reject WHO Stance on E-Cigs

The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) has written to New Zealand’s Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa, urging her to reject inaccurate claims by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on smoke-free nicotine products

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Expert urgest innovations in tobacco control

Dr. Derek Yach, president of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, speaks to Asia Times

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Preventing tobacco use and improving access to healthcare 

In India, rates of lung and oral cancers – including mouth, tongue, and esophageal cancer – are particularly high with the NCRP data.

Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study

The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests.

Multimedia

New research published by leading international business and corporate governance scholar Daniel Malan reveals inherent conflicts in many countries regarding the development of global tobacco control policy.

Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, the first global compact to systematically address the burden of tobacco-related health problems. There were 168 initial signatories to the FCTC and by 2020 the number of parties to the convention grew to 182. The objective of the special issue in Drugs and Alcohol Today and of this “15 Years Conference” organised in its wake is to take stock of the current global tobacco control landscape.

Derek Yach and Regulator Watch’s host Brent Stafford discuss tobacco harm reduction and why harm reduction strategies face mainstream opposition.

Dr. Sudhanshu Patwardhan, co-founder of the Centre for Health and Research and Education and Smoking Cessation Doctor, discuss the lack of inclusive smoking cessation services, tobacco harm reduction solutions, and the 15 Years Conference on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. 

George Bostock is an engineer at Cambridge Design Partnership & a grantee of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. In this episode of the Global Health Perspectives podcast, Derek Yach & George discuss his work on reduced risk product uptake in lower-middle-income countries.

Journalist and president of INNCO.org Samrat Chowdhery joins Derek Yach on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. Samrat & Derek discuss India’s ban on nicotine vaping & the future of tobacco harm reduction in low & middle-income countries.

Daniel Malan discusses his new report, Contradictions & Conflicts, with Derek Yach on the Global Health Perspectives podcast.