Tobacco Reading List

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World No Tobacco Day takes place each year at the end of May. To link with the worldwide campaign, ISSUP is hosting a series of online events throughout May that investigate the topic of tobacco use. This reading list highlights additional ISSUP Knowledge Share resources and research on the subject. We also have an ISSUP tobacco network, which is regularly updated with related news, events and content.

  1. For the last two decades, the Tobacco Atlas has been presenting the most up to date data on tobacco use around the world. The website is a rich source of information covering topics such as marketing, prevalence, health effects, comorbidities, quitting, taxes and smoke-free initiatives.
  2. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a health topic page dedicated to the subject of tobacco. As well as infographics, factsheets and publications, the resource page features information on WHO MPOWER tobacco control measures.
  3. Research suggests people with mental health issues are more likely to smoke compared to the general population. This systematic review, conducted by researchers from the Addiction and Mental Health Group (AIM), examines the link between smoking cessation and mental wellbeing.
  4. More than 7 million deaths a year result from direct tobacco use, while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. This Lancet Public Health editorial discusses the efforts carried out around the world to reduce the concerning harm that tobacco use continues to cause.
  5. These three reports present WHO estimates of tobacco use prevalence, numbers or users, and changes between 2000 and 2018, projected to 2025. Estimates are presented at the global, regional and country level.
  6. WiRED International brings free computer-based medical and health education to communities around the world. The organisation has developed a range of modules for anyone working in the healthcare field. Here, you can find a programme designed to support individuals to quit smoking.
  7. The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction group the evidence on interventions to prevent and treat tobacco addiction. Here you can read a two-page summary of research carried out by the research team.