Tobacco and COVID-19 Online Course

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This online course provides current evidence on tobacco use and COVID-19, and it covers topics such as the impact of smoking on COVID-19, the effects of nicotine at a molecular level and the behavior of the tobacco industry during the pandemic. Our online courses are free resources available to anyone in this urgent time of action.

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Concept Descriptors, Real Flavors

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Tobacco companies use flavors and "concept descriptors" to entice consumers with a product that is difficult to quit. Our fact sheet breaks down how “Menthol-Plus” cigarettes require tougher bans on flavored tobacco.

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Striving Towards Equity

Striving Towards Equity report

In a perfect world, everyone would have an equal opportunity to reach their maximum health potential, but research shows that factors like education and racism create barriers for optimal health. We searched the existing literature and studies in the pipeline for information about the impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in relation to tobacco disparities.

The results from a draft of the scoping review were discussed in a convening with 25 experts from academia, funding agencies, and civil society. The report includes the research gaps identified by the convening participants that need to be addressed in order to advance a health equity agenda to eliminate tobacco-related disparities.

Striving Towards Equity report

Featured Research

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Headshots on Bidi and Smokeless Tobacco Packs in India and Bangladesh: A Curious Branding Element

Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD, recently published a paper in Tobacco Control about the presence of headshots on many bidi and smokeless tobacco packs collected in Bangladesh and India. She outlines the findings and recommendations in this video.

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Impact of an E-Cigarette Tax on Cigarette Use in Indonesia

On October 1, 2018, Indonesia implemented its first regulation on e-cigarettes, written as a 57% tax on the retail price of e-cigarette liquid...

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Advancing Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging

This Report and one-pager contains recommendations and steps that can be taken to advance plain and standardized packaging in your country.

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Feminine Cigarette Brand Marketing in Ukraine

Since 2013, the Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS) has collected unique cigarette packs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with the highest burden of tobacco use. Compared to 13 other LMICs (including Russia, Brazil, China, Turkey) Ukraine had the highest frequency of feminine marketing on unique packs.

Tobacco Watcher

Tobacco Watcher is an automated media monitoring and intelligence site that scans the news and provides you with current articles pertaining to your interests.


Perform an Analysis. Graph and identify peaks and falls in topic coverage online in a chosen timeframe.


Set Custom Alerts. Instantly receive any articles on a product or keyword or any topic of interest regularly.


Search Articles. Filter content based on theme: bans, industry, prevalence, quitting, and more.

Online Courses

Changing the Game with Open Access to Expert Content

Learning from the Experts is a free online course breaking down the fundamentals of tobacco control, including its history, surveillance, and impacts. This course will help individuals build, monitor, and assess interventions on any scale using case studies and examples from around the world.

Global Tobacco Control: Learning From the Experts

With six themed modules, the course allows anyone from public health professionals to students to increase their understanding of tobacco control topics, including learning how to prevent harm as tobacco products change and evolve.

Fundamentals of Tobacco Control
Tobacco or Health
The Tobacco Industry
Tobacco Control Interventions: Part I
Tobacco Control Interventions: Part II
Surveillance and Evaluation
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A Course for Healthcare Professionals

With three themed modules, this course teaches healthcare providers how to prevent harm as tobacco products change and evolve.

How Can You Be Involved in Tobacco Control
Best Practices in International Tobacco Control
Helping People Quit Tobacco
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Tobacco and COVID-19

This online course provides current evidence on tobacco use and COVID-19, and it covers topics such as the impact of smoking on COVID-19, the effects of nicotine at a molecular level and more.

Covid-19 and Tobacco Use
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Policy Scan

We keep up with rapid changes in laws regarding e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products around the world. The policy bank has been verified by public health professionals in their respective countries.

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The Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS)

TPackSS, developed with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, contains a visual database of cigarette packs from 14 low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to monitor how tobacco companies are marketing their products and track their compliance with tobacco pack requirements including health warning labels.

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Where we work

As a collaborating centre of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2004, our work takes place around the globe. We concentrate primarily on the 10 priority countries of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use - Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam. 

Through our work together and with other organizations, we have produced reports to support tobacco control action in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about our projects by choosing a region to explore.