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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

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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.

Our Work

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, the Evidence Translation on Secondhand Smoke Core for the Johns Hopkins FAMRI Center of Excellence since 2005 and a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization since 2004. As a key player in the tobacco control arena, IGTC has trained hundreds of professionals through capacity building programs and produced more than 100 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 2004 and 2006 U.S. Office of the Surgeon General’s Reports on Active and Passive Smoking, the report Tobacco Free * Japan: Recommendations for Tobacco Control Policy, and the World Health Organization guidelines for indoor air policy, as well as our compliance guides, state of evidence reviews, fact sheets and Tobacco Pack Surveillance System website.