The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World focuses on three core work pillars to help smokers and smallholder tobacco farmers, and accelerate the transformation of the tobacco industry and nicotine ecosystem.
TheHealth, Science and Technology work complements ongoing tobacco control efforts by accelerating the development of more effective tools to help smokers quit or reduce their risks by switching to tobacco harm reduction products. A focus of these efforts is to build capacity for research in the low- and middle-income countries where the majority of smokers live.
Agriculture and Livelihoods aims to diversify tobacco-dependent economies and the work has begun in Malawi with the Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI). Partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders, the ATI intends to identify and develop structured viable complementary value chains, enhance productivity via access to leading agricultural science and technology, connect farmers to growing market demand, and strengthen policy implementation, and investment.
Over half of polled physicians incorrectly believe #nicotine causes cancer. Jed Rose, co-inventor of the nicotine patch, explained what’s driving these misperceptions at last year’s 15 years conference. A @16YearsFCTC conference is coming this summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6-OXgEgqPs
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The Biden-Harris Administration reaffirms their commitment to “follow the science” by releasing their statement on drug policy. It’s encouraging that “enhancing evidence-based #harmreduction efforts” is a priority.
.@SteveForbesCEO discusses #ecigarettes versus combustible cigarettes, where the facts lineup and what anti-vapers are getting wrong. “The facts are on the side of e-cigarettes. For unfathomable reasons, vaping has been equated with regular tobacco smoking-the opposite is true.”
17 countries are signatories to the @FCTCofficial and have governments that own 10% or more of at least one #tobacco company. Daniel Malan examines the conflicts of interest and offers potential solutions in the Contradictions and Conflicts report: https://www.smokefreeworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Contradictions-and-Conflicts-FINAL-V2.pdf