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Tobacco use can be prevented. However, death, disease, and poverty due to tobacco use stubbornly persist. Our goal is to significantly reduce tobacco-caused disease, death, and poverty in the developing world.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Tobacco Tax: A Win-win Measure for Public Health

New WHO Global Tobacco Control Report calls attention to this underutilized, but important policy

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World No Tobacco Day 2014

On May 30, we and our partners are commemorating World No Tobacco Day. Nearly 6 million people die from tobacco-related illness each year – deaths that can be prevented with strong tobacco control policies like taxation.

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Tobacco Policies Are Saving Lives

Countries are making remarkable progress in adopting tobacco control policy that saves lives. 2.3 billion people are now covered by at least one of the strongest evidence-based tobacco control policies, and adoption of these new rules between 2007 and 2010 alone is estimated to have saved more than 7 million lives.

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Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Bans Work

The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship” (TAPS).

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Landmark Win For Public Health – Australia Upholds Tobacco Plain Packaging

In one of the most significant victories for public health policy, the Australian High Court upheld the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act, which effectively removes the last form of advertising available to the tobacco industry in the country – logos on cigarette
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