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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.
At @gtnf2020, Alicia Forry @Investec said "#tobacco companies are viewed suspiciously by investors; they must commit to moving customers to reduced-risk products." The Tobacco Transformation Index can help investors evaluate the commitment of companies: https://bit.ly/3kMWabb
We are looking forward to next week’s @15Conference. @MarewaGlover will present findings from her recent co-authored paper on #tobaccocontrol’s neglect of many marginalized groups, including the #indigenous communities. http://bit.ly/3gvtYY
#India is embarking on a technological revolution where smartphones offer a pathway to connect with health information. In a piece published by @TheDailyPioneer, @romita_shah shares how treating #tobaccoaddiction in India can be improved with telemedicine: https://bit.ly/32YTPnJ
Derek Yach (@swimdaily) presents data to @theofficialSBI on public perception of medical leadership in #India and what is needed to improve it, particularly during a global pandemic. https://bit.ly/3625tjp
#harmreduction driven by research and innovation is the future of global #tobaccocontrol. This index shows how tobacco companies are lagging in their commitments to change global #Health @coehar https://cataniaconversation.coehar.org/2020/09/24/tobacco-transformation-index-finds-most-of-the-15-largest-tobacco-companies-are-failing-to-advance-harm-reduction/
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