The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA member gets huge Canadian grant for tobacco control research

Professor Geoff Fong has received a C$7.4 million operating grant for the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project). The ITC is an FCA member.

The five-year grant (2011-16) is the largest ever rewarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It builds on a $3.88 million grant awarded for the ITC in 2005.

The project studies the impact worldwide of tobacco control policies in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in order to provide evidence to policy makers.

"Tobacco-related illness is a largely preventable global public health challenge and research is an essential component of effective tobacco reduction strategies," said CIHR in awarding the grant. "The ITC project illustrates how critically important the links are between research, evidence and policy making."

The project involves more than 100 tobacco control experts and researchers and over 1,000 support staff across 23 countries.

"ITC research findings have been particularly useful in low- and middle-income countries, where the tobacco industry is aggressively moving to expand its activity, as smoking in Canada and other high-income countries has been decreasing. The ITC Project has been instrumental in showing that arguments against comprehensive tobacco control laws that often inhibit governments from taking action are invalid," said Fong, founder of the ITC. 

The new funding supports the ongoing ITC project in Canada and the United States, as well as in India, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico. The money will also support new ITC projects in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia. 

"Over the years, Professor Fong and the ITC project teams throughout the world have demonstrated the power of scientific research to advance the cause of evidence-based policies in fighting the global tobacco epidemic," said Douglas Bettcher, director of the Tobacco-Free Initiative, a project of WHO. "We applaud the Canadian Government through CIHR for its continued support of this groundbreaking research endeavour." 

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