Category: tobacco

Taking Back the Lives That Tobacco Use Cuts Short: One Story from a Physician in Senegal

I went into medicine because I am passionate about helping others. I became an oncologist, a doctor who cares for people with cancer, because it gives me the opportunity to save lives and improve a patient’s health care every day. I practice in Senegal, my beautiful country of origin in West Africa. As a young Read More >

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World No Tobacco Day – Tobacco Surveillance in Barangay Looc, Province of Zambales, Philippines; Reflections on GTCB’s Worldwide Impact

Global Adult Tobacco Survey pretest surveillance team, barangay Looc.

As an IT Specialist working for the CDC Foundation and assigned to the Office on Smoking and Health’s Global Tobacco Control Branch (GTCB), I have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world.  We conduct several surveys and I mainly work with the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).  I provide technical support Read More >

Posted on by Edward Rainey, IT Specialist and Public Health Analyst with the CDC Foundation, assigned to GTCB.Leave a commentTags , , ,

China’s Adult Tobacco Survey Captures a Comprehensive View of Tobacco Use in 14 Cities

China is the most populous country in the world, as well as the largest consumer of cigarettes. With over 300 million smokers, China has the greatest public health benefit to gain from implementing proven tobacco prevention and control strategies. In China, some public health officials have championed local municipalities to engage in tobacco prevention and Read More >

Posted on by Darryl Konter, MS, Health Communication Specialist and Luhua Zhao, MS, Statistician, CDC Office on Smoking and HealthLeave a commentTags , ,

If We Can Measure It, We Can Manage It: Tracking the Global Tobacco Epidemic

Identified as the most preventable causes of death and disease in the world, the tobacco use epidemic is expanding to many low-and middle-income countries. Approximately 6 million people die annually from tobacco. To put this into perspective, the number of annual deaths from tobacco is equivalent to 2,699 Titanic ships sinking every year. Surveillance has Read More >

Posted on by Lauren Bartell, MPH, CHES and Emily Ridgway, MPHLeave a commentTags , ,

A Call for Action: Responding to the Tobacco Epidemic and the Price of Cigarettes

Woman smoking tobacco

“Raising taxes to increase the price of tobacco products is the most effective means to reduce tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.” – WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013 Real People, Real Stories Mehmet Nuhoğlu started smoking when he was in middle school at the age of 12 after hearing that real Read More >

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World No Tobacco Day Refocuses Attention on Important Goal

Every year, tobacco kills more than 440,000 people in the United States and 6 million people worldwide. If current rates of tobacco use continue unchecked, the number of people who die from tobacco-related illness will exceed 8 million a year by 2030 – and 1 billion in this century. In the United States, after decades Read More >

Posted on by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH: CDC DirectorLeave a comment