The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua*

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

Development community: Time to include tobacco control

With more than 80 percent of smokers living in the global South, people working in tobacco control recognize the links between tobacco, poverty, and development. “It is surprising and disappointing to see how many people working in development do not see these links,” says Sonja von Eichborn, director of Unfairtobacco.org.