Despite major gains in the tobacco control and prevention movement, tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and globally. Today, tobacco is the only legal substance that, when used as intended, kills 6.3 million people per year. Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, and a major contributor to the global pandemic of non-communicable diseases.
The Public Health Institute believes that tobacco use remains a major public health and health equity concern. PHI applies its expertise in the economics of tobacco control to advance policies to reduce smoking in various countries around the world. Our experts are available to support your work in researching the economic and health impacts of tobacco use in order to inform prevention and policy strategies, from the local to federal levels. We also specialize in evaluating new approaches to prevention and treatment; building capacity by training the next generation of top-notch investigators in tobacco control research; and providing technical assistance to health care providers and institutions, policy makers, health departments, ministries, and community advocates working to reduce rates of smoking.
Our expertise includes:
- Research: We specialize in research that explores health outcomes, disparities, and tobacco—highlighting the role of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status in tobacco marketing and use.
- Litigation settlements: PHI has experience working with private attorneys, government agencies and public health organizations to use litigation settlement funds to improve public health, including tobacco cases.
- Advancing tobacco-related policy: PHI experts are well-versed in developing effective tobacco prevention policies, as well as working with multi-sector advocacy coalitions and community members to advance local, state, and national policies to promote smoke-free environments.
- Training and consultation: Our staff is available to train tobacco control researchers, advocacy groups, and coalitions, and provide continuing consultation for ongoing campaigns.
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Resources and Tools
- California's Smoke-free Workplace Act: Ending Exemptions - Finding Equity
- Cigarettes Become a Dangerous Product: Tobacco in the Rearview Mirror, 1952–1965
- Dialogue4Health Web Forum: Tobacco Free Living: Community Transformation Grant Successes and Lessons Learned
- E-Guide to Developing a Community Outreach Network to Motivate Smokers to Quit after Discharge from Clinics or Hospitals
- The Debate on Regulating Menthol Cigarettes: Closing a Dangerous Loophole vs Freedom of Choice
Alcohol Research Group
Center for International Tobacco Control
Health Spectrum Program
Survey Research Group
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Building the Global Movement for Smoke-Free Environments
PHI has trained physicians, health officials and ministries of health from countries as diverse as Brazil, Egypt and China in the development and implementation of smoke-free policies.
Partnering With Youth Journalists to Investigate How e-Cigarettes Are Marketed Towards Young People
Menthol is the most abundant flavor of e-cigarettes sold in Oakland and Bay Area local markets, pharmacies and liquor stores—and the flavors and colors clearly target minors, youth and small children. That's one of the findings from the youth-led Marketing E-Cigarettes Toward Adolescents (M.E.T.A.) project, from PHI's California Adolescent Health Collaborative in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
Through PhotoVoice, a community-based participatory research method, youth journalists explored the topic through their own eyes and their communities, and found opportunities for community education, local advocacy with businesses, and policy ideas for tobacco reduction.
The youth journalists identified new ways that retail stores and tobacco companies target adolescents, and the findings directly affected local policy advocacy efforts—eventually helping to lead to the passage of a tobacco flavors ban in the City of Oakland. Youth co-researchers also testified at hearings and advocated for flavors bans in San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro.
Learn more about this project in a video exploring how youth researchers used PhotoVoice to investigate how youth perceive e-cigarettes and their marketing in Oakland.
Turning Cutting-Edge Tobacco Research into Sound Health Policy
PHI’s Center for International Tobacco Control (CITC) called for a 1-yuan (US $0.15) cigarette tax increase in China after its research projected that this would cause 4 million smokers to quit and save 1 million lives. CITC’s recommendation was adopted by the WHO, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Bank.
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