The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) was established in 1998 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control's mission is to prevent death and disease from tobacco products by generating evidence to support effective tobacco control interventions. Operating within the three-pillar framework of (1) knowledge generation, synthesis and translation, (2) evaluation and surveillance, and (3) capacity building, IGTC's goal is to reduce tobacco use globally.
The institute’s work supports tobacco control action in countries around the world. The institute has received recognition for its work and achievements by being designated as a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use since 2006 and a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization since 2004. As a key player in the tobacco control arena, IGTC has trained more than 2,000 professionals through capacity building programs and produced more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.
The institute has also been involved in the development of key resources for tobacco control policy development and implementation. Among these are the Global E-cigarette Policy Scan, a guide for conducting a compliance assessment on packaging and labeling (in collaboration with CTFK and The Union and available in six languages), our guide to advancing plain and standardized packaging, fact sheets and the Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS) website.