06 Oct 2011
"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."