With one death from smoking every six seconds, smoking is one of the world’s largest and most urgent public health problems. So when my tobacco control colleagues Amy Fairchild, Ray Niaura and David Abrams wrote in The Hill this week that America needs a candid smoking control champion, I couldn’t agree more.
We need someone – ideally, as they write, a leading health official – to correct the spread of misinformation about smoking alternatives, speak for the many smokers who struggle to quit, and demand new and more effective smoking cessation methods.
But even better than one champion would be many champions, collaborating on a global scale to spark candid dialogue, form new partnerships and inspire innovative ideas in an atmosphere of inclusion, respect and openness to new views. This is how true progress will be achieved in reducing death and disease from cigarettes.
I encourage you to read the article by Fairchild, Niaura and Abrams at this link, share it with others, and consider how you can be a candid champion of smoking control where you live. At the Foundation, we are committed to working with individuals and groups seeking to accelerate an end to smoking. The lives of one billion smokers are at stake.
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell explains her research, which includes looking at her own #Parsi community to help #smokingcessation through genomic research. View the full clip to find out why she’s perfectly comfortable sitting on the edge of her seat. http://bit.ly/2W2Ctky
In two years, the introduction of harm reduction products in #Japan has had a greater impact on smokers than over the last 30 years. Watch the video to learn about the current state of #smokingcessation and #harmreduction. http://bit.ly/2WiQkDs
Writing in @TheLancet, FSFW Data Analyst Yuchen Xue notes an oversight in the journal's account of occupational hazards in #China, namely, smoking in the workplace. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2UQRtDD
Derek Yach spoke at the @ForumAurora in #Armenia, where he noted, “I believe that in the next 10-15 years we will end up seeing lung cancer being managed like a chronic disease and no longer being a death sentence like it is today.” #CancerPreventionMonth http://bit.ly/39l7GVL
Life and health insurers are yet another group affected by smoking worldwide. Discover how insurance sectors have a unique opportunity to help end smoking globally and #AccelerateTransformation. http://bit.ly/38RKZrK
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