International Tobacco Control

Global tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke continue to be perplexing public health problems. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills nearly six million people annually. Almost half of children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke, and in 2004, children accounted for 31% of the deaths attributable to secondhand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence seeks to address child health issues in tobacco control across the globe— bringing pediatric voices to tobacco control policy discussions, and engaging international pediatric associations in helping their members become clinical and policy advocates. In collaboration with the World Health Organization and International Pediatrics Association, the AAP Richmond Center continues to explore opportunities to improve global tobacco control and child health issues through education and training. This page includes:

International Training Opportunities

Interested in developing tobacco advocacy trainings in your country? Contact the Richmond Center for more information.

Global Initiatives

  • Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training, 2012 Latin American Association of Pediatrics Congress, Cartagena, Colombia

    Faculty presentations

  • Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Training, 2012 Asia Pacific Congress of Pediatrics, Kuching, Malaysia

    Faculty presentations

  • 2011 AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) Christopherson Lecture: Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, Tobacco and Children: A global epidemic

  • AAP Visiting Lectureship, Manila, Philippine Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Pasay City, Philippines

  • Grantee: Rosalia M Buzon, MD
    Visiting Lecturer: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH, FAAP

    The meeting, the first international Visiting Lectureship funded by the AAP Richmond Center, took place in February 2010. Training activities focused on increasing clinicians' awareness of the impact of tobacco smoke exposure on children, and on promoting and reinforcing the development of tobacco control curricula in schools and pediatric training programs.

  • Session of the United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control, February 2010: AAP/International Pediatrics Association collaboration was one of eight non-governmental organizations invited to present at the session.

Resources by Country

The following sites have information for most countries, and may be helpful in identifying the extent of tobacco's reach in each country.
  • World Health Organization- Select a country, then look for the 'Risk Factors' section on that country's page- Tobacco is listed there.
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids- This site has information for certain priority countries where tobacco use is especially common. Information on other countries can be obtained by using the site's search feature.

International Stakeholders and Resources

World Health Organization WHO) Tobacco Free Initiative
WHO Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) is part of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health cluster at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The site offers global and country specific reports on tobacco control. The WHO also created and manages MPOWER, which outlines six policies to reverse the global tobacco epidemic.

More resources from the WHO

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – International
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has launched a global edition of its Web site with resources on several issues like advertising and promotion, smoke-free laws, warning labels, and taxation. The site includes several fact sheets and detailed information on priority countries. Global CTFK also launched Tobacco Control Laws Project which explores litigation and legislation on tobacco in over 150 countries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the lead US federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control, and CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health develops, conducts, and supports strategic efforts to protect the public’s health from the harmful effects of tobacco use. CDC is the WHO Collaborating Center for Global Tobacco Surveillance and the technical agency for the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS).

More resources from the CDC

AAP Section on International Child Health
Bloomberg Foundation International Tobacco Control Initiative
Global Links
Global Tobacco Control: Online Courses
International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project
International Pediatric Association
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Institute for Global Tobacco Control – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
National Cancer Institute: International Research on Tobacco Use
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Spanish-language cessation Web site

World No Tobacco Day

Each year, the World Health Organization sponsors World No Tobacco Day. See what the themes were for previous years, and what materials were created for those campaigns. Information for the coming year will be posted as soon as it's available.

The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center acknowledges the Academy’s Friends of Children Fund for its support of the Center’s international tobacco control outreach. Contributions to the Friends of Children Fund enable the AAP to support high priority activities, respond to emerging child health issues and continually generate new knowledge about the best way to care for children.