Tobacco Control Podcast

Tobacco Control aims to study the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide; tobacco’s effects on population health, the economy, the environment, and society; efforts to prevent and control the global tobacco epidemic through population-level education and policy changes; the ethical dimensions of tobacco control policies; and the activities of the tobacco industry and its allies.

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Tuesday Mar 07, 2017

In this episode Becky Freeman talks to Mark Goodchild about his recent paper "The global economic cost of smoking-attributable diseases".
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Monday Jan 30, 2017

In this episode Becky Freeman talks to Nick Wilson about his recent cover page paper entitled "Die Another Day, James Bond’s Smoking over Six Decade"

Wednesday Dec 07, 2016

In this episode Becky Freeman talks to Jennifer Pearson about the article recently published in Tobacco Control "Misperceptions of harm among Natural American Spirit smokers: results from wave 1 of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study (2013–2014)."
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Monday Aug 08, 2016

In this podcast, Becky Freeman speaks with Jennifer Brown and Joanna Cohen, from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, USA. They are two of the authors of the paper "Tobacco industry response to menthol cigarette bans in Alberta and Nova Scotia, Canada".
The study, published in Tobacco Control, found that while menthol cigarettes are not being sold anymore, there are new products on the market that look almost identical to the menthol cigarettes available before the ban and nearly 90 percent of them are being marketed as a different, smoother alternative to regular cigarettes.
Menthol cigarette bans were enacted in Nova Scotia in June 2015 and in Alberta in September 2015 and are believed to be the first implemented in the world.
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control conducted this research with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
For images of the new packages and full details of the study, visit:

Tuesday Jul 19, 2016

In this episode Becky Freeman talks to Amy Ferketich and Ling Wang about their recently published paper "Are Retailers Compliant with Zoning Regulations that Ban Tobacco Sales near Schools in Changsha, China?"
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Wednesday Apr 27, 2016

In this podcast Becky Freeman talks to James Thrasher about his recent paper "Cigarette brands with flavour capsules in the filter: trends in use and brand perceptions among smokers in the USA, Mexico and Australia, 2012–2014".
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Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

In this podcast Becky Freeman talks to Dr Robert McMillen about his paper in in Tobacco Control entitled "Public support for raising the age of sale for tobacco to 21 in the United States".
They discuss where the public support is the most strong and some surprising findings for people ages 18-24.

Monday Jan 18, 2016

In this podcast Becky Freeman talks to Dr Thomas Willis about his recent paper in Tobacco Control journal entitled "Longitudinal study of e-cigarette use and cigarette smoking onset among high school students in Hawaii".
They discuss the results of the study showing whether e-cigarette use encourages students to take up cigarette smoking. They also note that this is a multi-disciplinary study with inputs from a variety of researchers.

Monday Jan 11, 2016

This podcast debates the findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) China Project.
Simon Chapman, Professor School of Public Health University of Sydney, interviews Professor Geoffrey Fong, University of Waterloo in Canada, Principal Investigator of the ITC China Project; Dr. Angela Pratt, WHO China Tobacco Free Initiative representative, Beijing; and Dr. Judith Mackay, Director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control and Senior Advisor, World Lung Foundation/Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Hong Kong.
• 02:45 – Overall view of the ITC Project and particularly of the ITC China Project:
“An extraordinary time and opportunity… There wasn’t any kind of evidence system capable of evaluating the upcoming tobacco control policies that we knew were going to be implemented throughout the world”;
• 07:10 – Some of the findings of the second supplement of ITC China Project: “The missed opportunities on warnings on the tobacco packages have affected millions of smokers”;
“China’s effort on smoke-free laws have only decreased smoking very, very modestly”;
• 11:25 – The first years of the Xi Jinping’s government: “Tobacco control policies in China had a tipping point two years ago… ”;
• 15:00 – “Encouraging times in Beijing: The strongest tobacco control law to date”;
• 18:10 – “The ITC Project evidence reaches the decision makers in China”;
• 21:45 – ITC’s next projects: Abu Dhabi and a project across Canada, USA and UK;
• 25:30 – How quickly the change in tobacco control policies will happen in China?
Read the full supplement here:

Tuesday Jun 16, 2015

In December 2012 Australia became the first jurisdiction to mandate plain (or standardised) packaging for tobacco products. Many governments have been looking on with interest, anxious to learn if this is also the next step forward in their own efforts to tackle the harms caused by tobacco.In this podcast Becky Freeman introduces several recordings with the key players who were instrumental in the research, writing and publication of the “Implementation and evaluation of the Australian tobacco plain packaging policy” supplement.Read the full supplement >>

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