The next battles against tobacco must be fought in the world’s major cities

lobal cities like New York and London were among the first to pioneer effective tobacco control policies — like smoke-free workplaces, public cessation services and higher tobacco taxes.

These life-saving policies were so successful that an international treaty called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was negotiated in 2003 to promote similar evidence-based policies throughout the world. Until recently, many assumed the 181 countries that ratified the treaty had benefitted from it.

This month we published new research in the British Medical Journal showing that a pre-existing decline in global cigarette consumption was not accelerated by this international tobacco control treaty. Read More

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