Georgia State University’s School of Public Health has named five major municipalities in China that will partner with the school on efforts to improve policies and programs to reduce smoking in a nation that produces more tobacco and has more smokers than any other in the world.
The project, China Tobacco Control Partnership-Tobacco Free Cities, will focus on a group of municipalities whose leaders have shown readiness to support tobacco control efforts and select public health organizations positioned to lead the efforts.
The selected cities are:
Ms. Pam Redmon, executive director of the China Tobacco Control Partnership and administrative director of the School of Public Health’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, led a round of training sessions with city and health department leaders the week of April 20 to kick off the initiative.
“Cities have an important role to play in changing the landscape of tobacco use, and may be the driving force to change the social norms of tobacco use in China,” Ms. Redmon said. “We look forward to partnering with our Chinese colleagues to support tobacco control work aimed at protecting non-smokers from exposure to harmful secondhand smoke, preventing initiation of smoking, and promoting cessation among smokers.”
The efforts expand previous Tobacco Free Cities work in China through partnerships with China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (formerly the Ministry of Health), ThinkTank Research Center for Health Development, a nongovernmental group based in Beijing, and the China CDC.
The project is also being led by Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health, and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory University and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To learn more about Tobacco Control research at Georgia State’s School of Public Health, go to: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/tobacco-research-projects/