The International Tobacco Control evaluates the psychosocial and behavioral effects of national-level tobacco control policies throughout the world. The project follows thousands of adult smokers over multiple years and in their respective countries to monitor the changes of national-level tobacco policies according to the recommendations of the first and currently only international treaty on health, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC.)

This report details how tobacco packaging plays a major role in tobacco advertising and marketing, as well as the potential health benefits of standardized or plain packaging regulations.


ITC Investigators Geoff Fong, Ron Borland, and Michael Cummings  present an introduction to the ITC Project


The (ITC) International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, works to document the impact of policies to reduce tobacco use.  In this report we show how adoption of a comprehensive smoke-free indoor air policy in Uruguay lead to a marked reduction in hospital admissions heart attacks within a relative short period after the law was enacted.   The results of the study are  consistent with findings in other places that have adopted smoke-free laws.   Two of the co-authors of the report, Drs. Eduardo Bianco and Stanton Glantz,  talk about the economic and public health impact of the smoke-free law in Uruguay.


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. *Warning* -GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

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Jeff the Diseased Lung

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Global Tobacco Control
We are very excited to announce the publication of our second Economics Supplement: The Economics of Tobacco Control (Part 2): Evidence from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project in Tobacco Control. It contained 13 papers and an Introduction by our Guest Editor, Corné van Walbeek at University of Cape Town. These papers allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities associated with tax and price increases, focusing on three main themes.

  • The impact of tax and price measures on individual behaviour
  • The impact of the neighbourhood environment on smoking behaviour
  • An analysis of policy on the effectiveness of excise tax changes

The supplement is free to access at:  Also, as a follow-up, BMJ produced a podcast (BMJ Talk on our Supplement.  Corné van Walbeek hosted the podcast interview with Geoffrey Fong and Frank Chaloupka on the links between the results across different countries in these 13 articles.  The accompanying podcast to our Supplement is now available at


2014 Surgeon General Report ITC USA National Report 2014
Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health—50th Anniversary: 1964-2014 ITC_Report