Global perspective on tobacco control. Part II. The future of tobacco control: making smoking history?

Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2008 Jan;12(1):8-12.


Serious efforts to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use throughout populations require implementation policies and interventions capable of reaching all smokers and potential smokers. While the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control promises to accelerate the adoption of comprehensive tobacco control policies throughout the world, its extensive 'optional' language provides considerable latitude for governments unwilling to implement rigorous controls. This paper examines four broad areas in which important debates and policy advances will be necessary to ensure population-wide impact of tobacco control: harm reduction; demand reduction strategies involving particularly the use of news generation in increasing the coverage of tobacco and health issues; denormalisation of tobacco use, especially among health workers in nations where use remains high; and further efforts to regulate the tobacco industry, particularly in regard to plain packaging, under-the-counter retail sales and the regulation of tobacco products.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advertising / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Cost of Illness
  • Global Health*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Harm Reduction
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Product Packaging / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / epidemiology
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / etiology*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / mortality
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / mortality
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*