Author Archives: jpurpera

ITC: A Brief Report

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ITC Project: International Tobacco Control

Where ‘Smoke-Free Isn’t the Norm: Global Tobacco Use Booms in Developing World.


Where ‘Smoke-Free Isn’t the Norm: Global Tobacco Use Booms in Developing World.


The British medical journal The Lancet studied 14 developing nations and found that nearly half of men and 11 percent of women in those countries use tobacco, mostly smoke products. Jeffrey Brown talks to State University of New York at Buffalo’s Gary Giovino about why some cultures don’t specifically encourage quitting.

Lancet Article  Tobacco Use in 2 Billion Individuals from 19 Countries: An Analysis of Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Household Surveys  Appendix-2012

Curtailing Tobacco Use: First We Need to Know the Numbers

Final Presentations



FINAL- WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Fong

FINAL – WCTOH-Singpore W1 workshop – Yuan #1

FINAL – WCTOH-Singpore W1 workshop – Yuan #2

FINAL – WCTOH-Singpore W1 workshop – Burhoo + Moosa

FINAL – WCTOH-Singpore W1 workshop – Li

FINAL – WCTOH-Singpore W1 workshop – Borland

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Willemsen

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Travers

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Thrasher

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Nargis

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Nagelhout

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Mons

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Cummings #1

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Guindon

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Awang

FINAL – WCTOH-Singapore W1 workshop – Awang

FINAL – WCOTH-Singapore W1 workshop – Lindorff


Additional Country Resources

Travers Additional Resources

Jim Thrasher – Additional Resources

Nargis – Additional Resources

Mons Additional Resources

Kylie Lindorff – Additional Resources

Chaloupka – Additional Resources

Tax Avoidance & Evasion An Overview

Smoke-free Policies

Developing the Evidence Base for FCTC Policies


K. Michael Cummings, PhD MPH

Bio: K. Michael Cummings is trained in public health education and is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities in tobacco epidemiology and smoking cessation.  He recently joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) after a 30-year career at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute where he directed a clinical and research center on tobacco control, including the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.  At MUSC, he is on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and he co-leads the tobacco-related research program in the Hollings Cancer Center.  Dr. Cummings has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers including landmark reports for the Office of the Surgeon General, the NCI, IARC, and the IOM.  In the late 1990s, Cummings contributed to digitizing and publishing online previously secret internal tobacco industry documents.  Because of his vast expertise in smoking behavior and knowledge of industry documents he has served as an expert witness in legal proceeding against cigarette manufacturers, including proceedings that resulted in the Master Settlement Agreement.  In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Luther Terry award given out by the American Cancer Society in recognition of his research contributions to the field of public health.

Pricing Policies and Contraband

Plain Packaging and Health Warnings

3rd Latin American and Caribbean Conference: Tobacco Or Health

October 15-18 2011 in Lima Peru

See flyer for Conference details
The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF) and the Comisión Nacional Permanente de Lucha Antitabáquica (COLAT) are pleased to announce the 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Tobacco OR Health and the 1st Peruvian Conference on Tobacco OR Health. Due to the success of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the tobacco control movement, many countries have enacted tobacco control legislation to protect individuals from the health risks of tobacco related diseases. However, tobacco control policies are increasingly threatened by the actions of the tobacco industry.
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Socio-Economic Variation in Price Minimizing Behaviors: Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey

Predictors of what smokers say they will do in response to future price increases

Knowledge of health effects and intentions to quit among smokeless tobacco users in India: Findings from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) India Pilot Survey.

Effectiveness of the European Union text-only cigarette health warnings: findings from four countries. 2011. The

Australian smokers increasingly use help to quit, but number of attempts remains stable: Findings from the International Tobacco Control study 2002-2009

How do price minimizing behaviors impact smoking cessation? Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Four Country Survey

Trends in beliefs about the harmfulness and use of stop-smoking medications and smokeless tobacco products among cigarettes smokers: Findings from the ITC four-country survey

Warning: Second Hand Smoke is Hazardous to your Heart

Secondhand smoke poses a serious and immediate threat to the heart.
Enforcing strong smoking bans protects hearts. “Warning, Secondhand Smoke is Hazardous to Your Heart” is a film made by Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP) to summarize the evidence on secondhand smoke and cardiovascular disease, and point out how smoke-free policy can save lives. It features cardiologists and policymakers from around the world and focuses on the link between tobacco and heart disease.