International cooperation for improving research in the field of tobacco control
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Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, USA
Israel Agaku   

Office on Smoking and Health, CDC, USA
Publish date: 2018-06-13
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2018;4(Supplement):A89
Background: The activity of tobacco companies in any one country can potentially be felt globally (e.g., internet-based marketing activities, for which U.S cigarette manufacturers spent $27 million in 2015). The uniqueness of certain regions’ markets (e.g., heat-not-burn or other emerging products), or tobacco control experiences, further underscores the importance of shared learning for a more pre-emptive tobacco control strategy.

Opportunities exist to share data, expertise, experiences, and training/ mentorship opportunities. These could include initiating multi-institutional studies, joint sponsorship/funding of major research, or sharing/disseminating opportunities for fellowships, and visiting scholar programs. Collaborations could be between individuals, academic institutions, or governmental agencies in relation to research, surveillance, and programmatic activities. Inter-disciplinary collaborations can deepen our understanding of the clinical, social, economic, and behavioral aspects of tobacco use and its consequences.

Potential outcomes:
Collaborations can result in greater efficiency and more pre-emptive tobacco control strategies, as mistakes can be avoided and successes replicated without “re-inventing the wheel”. Scientifically, international cooperation can help in standardizing outcomes and measures in surveillance and research studies to facilitate comparability of results.

The fast evolving tobacco control landscape, and the global burden of tobacco use underscore the importance of an integrated tobacco prevention and control appraoch.