Unless a significant portion of current smokers quit, smoking will cause approximately one billion deaths this century – mostly in low and middle income countries. The use of effective tobacco control policies (including taxation, regulation, and education) is now common in high-income countries, but is not regularly implemented in low and middle-income countries, where 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live. The objective of the Global Tobacco Program is to accelerate tobacco control through evidence-based research of the:
- Epidemiology of tobacco-related diseases and mortality;
- Contribution of smoking to social inequalities in mortality;
- Taxation and regulation policies for tobacco; and
- Strategic monitoring and evaluation of tobacco control programs.
CGHR also provides scientific counsel to governments regarding effective tobacco control policies.