Tobacco control news, resources and funding for global health researchers
Global efforts to curb tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure have increased sharply in the past decade, but so has the problem - now one person dies every six seconds because of tobacco, according to WHO data. Alarmingly, new usage patterns are emerging, with women, young people and developing country populations taking up tobacco at increasing rates, not only for cigarettes, but also for e-cigarettes and hookahs, or waterpipes.
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where tobacco use is rising fastest, include those least equipped to tackle the associated health burdens from
cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and other disease and disability. Many LMICs lack epidemiological data on their population's tobacco use and resulting costs in terms of health care and lost productivity. Consequently, they are not planning preventive action.
International Tobacco and Health Research and Capacity Building Program supports collaborative research and capacity building projects that address the burden of tobacco use in LMICs.
At NIH the
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and
National Cancer Institute (NCI) lead efforts to support research on tobacco use, addiction and associated health risks.
Related News and Information
Tobacco control research on the African continent: a 22-year literature review and network analysis, co-authored by Mark Parascandola of NCI’s Center for Global Health
Tobacco Control, April 17, 2023
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Nov/Dec 2022 Global Health Matters
- Advancing Tobacco Cessation in LMICs
Current Oncology, November 23, 2022
- Perseverance is innovation: the journey to successful tobacco tax reform, Fogarty grantee Jeffrey Drope lead author
Tobacco Control, March 3, 2022
- Projects examine sex, behavior differences that impact men’s health:
A study in Mali looks at how hormones influence immune responses to TB. A study in Vietnam tests a tobacco cessation intervention.
Jan / Feb 2022 Global Health Matters
Strategies to enhance the effects of pictorial warnings for cigarettes: results from a discrete choice experiment, Fogarty grantee James F Thrasher lead author
Addiction, October 25, 2021
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Updated June 5, 2023