by Derek Yach, Angela Pratt, Thomas J Glynn and K Srinath Reddy

In 2003, governments adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first global health treaty.
In the decade since the treaty was adopted by 178 member states of the World Health Organization, there have been
substantial achievements in reducing tobacco use around the world. Research and evidence on the impact of
interventions and policies have helped drive this policy progress. An increased and sustained focus on research is
needed in the future to ensure that the gains of the global tobacco control movement are maintained, particularly in
low- and middle-income countries, which are affected most strongly by the tobacco epidemic. In addition to current
priorities, greater attention is needed to research related to trade agreements, prevention among girls, and the
appropriate response to nicotine-based noncombustibles (including e-cigarettes).

Keywords: Tobacco control, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Low- and middle-income
countries, Research

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