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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.

Fogarty's 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.

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Updated February 26, 2024