Tobacco control resources

UICC resources and tools

UICC and its members help with the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) by encouraging governments and policymakers to adopt and effectively implement the WHO FCTC requirements and guidelines, and by raising awareness of the risks related to the use of tobacco. 

In the lead-up to World No Tobacco Day on 31 May and beyond, UICC is running a campaign to reduce the burden of cancer through tobacco cessation and prevention. The outreach complements the WHO campaign “Commit to quit". 

A ban on smoking in public areas, particularly closed environments, protects individuals by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke, which contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year, including 65,000 among children. Taxation is a win-win measure for the economy as well as public health, since revenue can help fund health systems and prevention programmes; studies show that a 10% increase in taxes leads to a 4-5% decrease in the demand for cigarettes. However, these and other effective measures are often undermined or made difficult to implement due to the massive financial and political weight of the tobacco industry, which spends an estimated USD 23 Million per day on marketing and actively spreads misinformation

In the coming months, UICC aims to raise awareness on these issues through website blogs and news, articles in science journals and social media campaign videos. 

This page consolidates all relevant resources and content.


World No Tobacco Day ready-made social media messages

Ready-made Social Media Messages

Globally 1.8 million deaths are caused by #lungcancer annually. #Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of lung #cancer, contributing to roughly 1.2 million deaths per year. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer. #WNTD @uicc

Tobacco taxation is one of the most effective & cost-effective measures for controlling tobacco use and preventing #NCDs, including #cancer. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco goes far beyond an issue of #health – it places a tremendous burden on countries least equipped to respond to tobacco-related illness and death. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco products kill more than 8 million people every year and are accountable for 25% of all #cancer deaths globally. With such a high death rate, #tobacco industries must continuously find new consumers to replace the ones that their products are killing to maintain revenue. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of #cancer and stopping smoking is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer. #WNTD @uicc

Through aggressive marketing of e-cigarettes, 7 in 10 teens are estimated to be exposed to #ecigarette adverts. Teen e-cigarette users are also more likely to start #smoking #tobacco. Governments must take a strong regulatory approach to e-cigarettes, particularly to protect youth. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco use burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in #healthcare costs and lost productivity each year. #WNTD @uicc

Quitting #tobacco at any age can make huge a difference, increasing your life expectancy and improving quality of life. #WNTD @uicc

Ending online #tobacco and e-cigarette advertising now will prevent future generations from seeing these products as “normal” and getting hooked. #WNTD @uicc

News and blogs on tobacco control

Older man kneeling near a shop, smoking a cigarette
16 December 2021

Tobacco industry interference in policy decisions undermines effective control

UICC looks at actions by the tobacco industry highlighted in the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index to undermine efforts by governments to reduce smoking prevalence – and suggests how to counter tobacco industry interference. 

Logos of The Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology and the Samoa Cancer Society; headshots of Dr Tania Cavalcante of the National Cancer Institute in Brazil, and UICC former President HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, recipients of World No Tobacco Day Awards
22 June 2021

UICC members and Past President recognised for their work in tobacco control

UICC Past President HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan and Dr Tania Cavalcante of INCA, Brazil, as well as two UICC member organisations from Samoa and Spain were among the recipients of WHO’s World No Tobacco Day Awards 2021.

Pile of cut tobacco with cigarettes on dollar bills.
28 May 2021

More funding needed for tobacco control to reduce cancer incidence

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer today. While the regulatory tools exist to reduce it consumption, there are significant financial hurdles to overcome to see effective measures implemented.

Cigarette end burning with ash forming a dollar sign, emphasising the huge profits generated by the tobacco industry and the heavy influence they use to undermine policy changes and more effective tobacco regulation
21 May 2021

Aligning efforts for effective tobacco control

Tobacco control is essential to reducing cancer incidence. The first UICC Virtual Dialogue on the topic held on 12th May provided valuable insight into how to unite the efforts of the cancer and tobacco control communities to implement effective regulation.

Hand of African man holding a cigarette, emphasising the need for tobacco control
19 May 2021

Proven tobacco control tools are key to a healthy recovery

As the tobacco industry renews efforts to exert influence, Hayley Jones of the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer emphasises the use of legal and regulatory tools such as the FCTC to fight the tobacco epidemic.

Middle Eastern man smoking a hookah
11 May 2021

Ramadan is an ideal time to quit tobacco

UICC invited Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rasheed of the Qatar Cancer Society to share his view on the impact of Ramadan on the cessation of tobacco use in the Muslim community.

Tobacco control external press and media content

Smoking costs society £17bn – £5bn more than previously estimated – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) – 14 January 2022

Quitting electronic cigarettes: Factors associated with quitting and quit attempts in long-term users – Addict Behaviors – 23 December 2021

Sustainable Development or Tobacco: 17 Shades of Grey – Medicus Mundi – December 2021

Tobacco control: far from the finish line – The Lancet – 27 November 2021

At the other COP, countries eye an investment fund for tobacco control – Devex – 11 November 2021

To the COP26 Summit in Glasgow: Moving to “Tobacco-Free Finance” is Good for Public Health and the Environment – PV Marquez – 3 November 2021

Vaping: The real dollars behind fake consumer organisations – Le Monde – 3 November 2021

E-cigarettes don't help smokers stay off cigarettes, study suggests – Science Daily – 19 October 2021

Cigarettes sales during the COVID-19 pandemic were 14% higher than past years – MailOnline/ACS – 19 October 2021 

Many e-cigarette vaping liquids contain toxic chemicals: new Australian research – The Conversation – 12 October 2021

Friends in the Right Places: PMI’s Plan to Reach Policymakers – Expose Tobacco – 4 October 2021

California will impose new vaping tax to curb teen use, fund public health programs – LA Times – 4 October 2021

Inhaler firm Vectura removed from conference over Philip Morris takeover – The Guardian – 16 September 2021

Synthetic nicotine has arrived – British Medical Journal/Tobacco Control – 7 September 2021

Opinion: ‘The idea that a tobacco company might profit off my disease appals me’ – Cancer Research UK – 1 September 2021

Tobacco industry’s ‘behind the scenes’ tactics in Singapore – British Medical Journal – 27 August 2021

Inhaling vapor blocks cells that fight immunity in the lungs, laboratory studies find – Eminetra – 14 August 2021

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World—even less independent from its tobacco company funder – BMJ Opinion – 10 August 2021

Study explores the effect of graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging among US smokers – Oral Cancer News – 7 August 2021

Poorer communities see twice as many smoking-related cancers as richer areas, says study – The Independent – 4 August 2021

Tobacco industry capitalises on the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet – 29 July 2021WHO reports progress in the fight against tobacco epidemic, highlights threats posed by new nicotine and tobacco products – WHO – 27 July 2021

‘Urgent need’ for age restrictions on TikTok vaping videos, Australian study finds – The Guardian – 26 July 2021

Big Tobacco struggles to convince critics it can kick the cigarettes – Financial Times/California News Times – 16 July 2021

Smoke and mirrors – Stabroek News – 1 July 2021

Teens vaping a problem for almost half of central Auckland primary and intermediate schools – New Zealand Herald – 24 June 2021

Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development – Euractive – 12 June 2021

Thoughts on neologisms and pleonasm in scientific discourse and tobacco control – British Medical Journal Tobacco Control – June 2021

Industry profits continue to drive the tobacco epidemic: A new endgame for tobacco control? – Tobacco Prevention & Cessation – June 2021

Socioeconomic status and tobacco consumption: Analyzing inequalities in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, the Russian Federation and South Africa – Tobacco Prevention & Cessation – 7 June

Advocates end Philip Morris International’s involvement in international events – British Medical Journal – 6 June 2021

Spatial, temporal, and demographic patterns in prevalence of smoking tobacco use and attributable disease burden in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 – The Lancet – 27 May 2021

Vaping and e-cigarettes are glamourised on social media, putting young people in harm’s way – The Conversation – 26 May 2021

Promoting convergence and closing gaps: a blueprint for the revision of the European Union Tobacco Tax Directive – British Medical Journal – 24 May 2021

Association Between Cigarette Smoking and COVID-19 Outcomes – JAMA Internal Medicine – 21 May 2021

Secondhand Smoke Exposure Tied to Oral Cancer Risk – MedScape/Reuters – 10 May 2021

Budgetary impact from multiple perspectives of sustained antitobacco national media campaigns to reduce the harms of cigarette smoking – British Medical Journal – May 2021

Risk of smoking relapse with the use of electronic cigarettes: A systematic review with meta-analysis of longitudinal studies – Tobacco Prevention and Cessation – April 2021

Big tobacco, big conflict of interest – University of Bath – 29 April 2021

Paying lip service to publication ethics: scientific publishing practices and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World – British Medical Journal – 28 April 2021

Electronic cigarettes and science in EU policy making – Euractiv – 27 April 2021

E-cigarettes with a cigarette-like level of nicotine are effective in reducing smoking and exposure to carcinogen, study finds – VCU 12 – April 2021

Passive vaping: An impending threat to bystanders – MedicalExpress – 8 April 2021

How the tobacco industry works to disrupt public health policies in low- and middle-income countries – University of Bath – 29 March 2021

Children Exposed To Tobacco Smoke Use More Emergent Health Services – Science Magazine – 24 March 2021

Impact of tobacco control policies implementation on future lung cancer incidence in Europe: an international, population-based modeling study – 22 March 2021

The secret money trail behind vaping – Financial Review – 20 February 2021

Global impact of tobacco control policies on smokeless tobacco use: a systematic review protocol – British Medical Journal – December 2020


Last update: 
Wednesday 8 December 2021