The role of research in international tobacco control

Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun;95(6):976-84. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.046904.


The future of the tobacco-produced disease epidemic rests in low- and middle-income countries, where cigarette sales are growing-the result of rising incomes, trade liberalization, liberalization of the treatment of women, and the introduction of Western-style advertising. Research on disease causation, epidemiology, and educational and policy interventions has contributed significantly to reducing smoking rates in developed countries. A similar contribution is needed in less affluent nations, but severe challenges are involved in implementing a robust research program in such countries. In an attempt to understand these challenges and begin to conceptualize an approach to overcoming them, I examine the need for and methods to achieve a program of meaningful research on tobacco and health, as well as health policy, in the developing world.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Global Health*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Lung Neoplasms / etiology
  • Public Policy*
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Industry
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / complications
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*