How are policies changing the global burden of disease from tobacco?

Smoking remains the leading cause of premature death in the world. More than 170 countries have ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which mandates a series of policies to reduce tobacco use. How are patterns of tobacco use changing in Western countries, such as Canada, and in high-burden countries, such as China and India?


International Tobacco Control (ITC) Project

Do tobacco control policies have the same impact in different countries? Do smokers in China or India respond to policies in the same way as smokers in Canada or the United States? The ITC Project is an international collaboration in more than 20 countries.

Menthol & flavoured tobacco

A growing number of countries have implemented bans of “flavoured” cigarettes, but most have exempted the most popular flavour on the market: menthol. Are menthol cigarettes really a starter product for kids?

Reduced nicotine cigarettes

Despite increasing regulation of how tobacco products can be marketed and where they can be used, cigarettes are equally or more addictive than ever before. What would happen if governments reduced the nicotine content of cigarettes to non-addictive levels?

Tobacco product science

How are tobacco products designed and what are the implications for regulations to reduce their harm? Is there such a thing as “less harmful” cigarettes?

Smoking cessation & medications

Most of the declines in smoking prevalence have been achieved through smoking prevention, rather than increases in smoking cessation. In fact, Canadians who try to quit are no more successful at staying abstinent than ten years ago. Our work has […]

Tobacco Use in Canada Report

Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends is a┬áseries of reports summarizing major trends in tobacco market in Canada, including trends in smoking behaviour, vaping, and cessation behaviour. The report also includes a summary of tobacco control policies in Canada […]