Tobacco Control

The field of public health has now known that smoking causes cancer for over 60 years.  However, on a global scale, tobacco control has shown progress in the past, more so than many other areas of public health.  Contributing factors to this are the rise of a global tobacco control network, leadership by some of the world’s most influential health organizations like the W.H.O., and completion and dissemination of policy relevant economic studies illustrating the cost effectives of tobacco control interventions.  There is growing concern that in the future, the strategies of multinational tobacco companies will attempt to increase tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.  These countries are already burdened by many other health problems like communicable diseases, lack of food security, and conflict issues.  Integration of tobacco prevention services and/or programs could present a positive outcome for the tobacco control community as well as the community within the other service being integrated.  [i]