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Published by the Foundation
for a Smoke-Free World
It’s time for insurers to rethink how they quantify and reduce smoking risks. Smoking risks affect life and health insurers worldwide. Tobacco risks and regulations have an impact on underwriting, pricing, claims and reserves in all countries. Smokers account for a significant proportion (10–15 percent) of life and health insurers’ books of business, and insurers worldwide are exposed to the mortality and morbidity effects of tobacco. Smokers also number disproportionately among the uninsured, and insurers may be missing out on smoker segments that are insurable – relatively “good risks” within a spectrum – but currently priced out of the market.
The report reviews current insurer practices and challenges relating to how they detect policyholders’ smoking status, quantify smoking risks, and reduce risks through smoking cessation. It then recommends potential solutions leveraging emerging technologies, products, and processes to address these barriers. Solutions are illustrated with real-world case studies from organizations innovating at the frontier.CLICK TO ACCESS THE REPORT
Over the past two decades, global patterns in tobacco production and trade have shifted dramatically. While research by tobacco control groups and public health organizations has focused on tobacco production and elucidated several key trends driving these shifts, considerably less is known about patterns of tobacco trade. Understanding the global tobacco economy—and the major players in it—depends on developing a more complete knowledge of all stages of the tobacco supply chain, including production of tobacco, trade of unmanufactured tobacco leaf, processing of tobacco leaf into various tobacco products, and trade and consumption of manufactured tobacco products. As with many other commodities, tobacco has its own unique and evolving supply chain. This report focuses on understanding patterns in production and trade of unmanufactured tobacco leaf.CLICK TO ACCESS THE REPORT
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World aims to foster discussion on the transformational possibilities of achieving a smoke-free world in this generation. Tobacco companies have an opportunity to adopt business models that will lead to a world without combustible cigarettes. There are more than a billion smokers in the world today. Smoking prevalence is declining, but at a rate far too slow to achieve the Foundation’s objectives for smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction. Furthermore, in accomplishing this transition successfully, we must ensure that vulnerable populations, including smallholder tobacco farmers, are supported to find sustainable alternative activities and livelihoods.
This report contributes to the discussion by presenting six case studies of companies that undertook significant business transformations. The six cases demonstrate varying motivations, and, as business transformation is not without risk, some of the companies performed better than others.CLICK TO ACCESS THE REPORT
The Global Trends in Nicotine reports contribute to laying the groundwork for the Foundation’s work in the area of industry transformation, and represents an important step in the Foundation’s research program. Specifically, the reports identify the major players in nicotine delivery, outline their product organization and geographic focus, and quantify their output. Building upon this work, the Tobacco Transformation Index will over time evaluate 15 of the largest nicotine delivery companies in the world.
Highlights from the 2019 update include:
The GSTHR report maps for the first time the global, regional and national availability and use of safer nicotine products, the regulatory responses to these products, and the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction.
Every six seconds someone dies from a smoking-related disease and the problem is likely to worsen; the steep smoking declines in richer countries are slowing while in poorer countries smoking is set to rise. Existing forms of tobacco control are proving insufficient. While many people give up smoking, on their own or with medicinal products, many fail. ‘Quit or die’ is no longer the only option for those who cannot give up. Safer nicotine products offer another way. There is substantial international, independent evidence that these products are demonstrably safer than cigarettes. These potential lifesaving products could lead to a global revolution in public health.CLICK TO ACCESS THE REPORT
EY-Parthenon (EY-P) conducted a landscape analysis in July 2018 to identify and characterize smoking cessation products and services
In late 2017, the Foundation commissioned a poll that served as a baseline assessment of a continuous effort to evaluate and monitor the global state of smoking and tobacco harm-reduction efforts. The Foundation engaged Kantar Public, an integrated consulting and research agency, to conduct this poll. The purpose of the survey was to gain a clear understanding of smokers’ experiences and challenges, their habits and perceptions of risk regarding tobacco products and alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS), and the influence of these risk perceptions on their choices of products used, among adults across the world. The survey included a quantitative questionnaire, completed by more than 17,000 adult participants in 13 countries. A qualitative part of the survey, made up of focus group discussions in major cities in seven countries, provided additional context and insights.CLICK TO ACCESS THE REPORT