Partners and Collaborators
The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) has received recognition for its work and achievements by being designated as:
Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use
In 2006, philanthropist and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $125 million initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. Two years later, Mayor Bloomberg committed another $250 million to the initiative, making this the largest-ever effort to fight tobacco in low- and middle-income countries. The initiative was renewed again in 2012 and 2016.
IGTC at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a key partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, along with the World Health Organization, the CDC Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, Vital Strategies, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, University of Illinois-Chicago Institute for Health Research and Policy, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
IGTC contributes as the academic arm of the Bloomberg Initiative, conducting research, evaluation and capacity building to support the development, passage, implementation and enforcement of tobacco control policies and interventions.
In 2012, the institute partnered with Monday Campaigns to evaluate how the "Monday concept" (using Mondays as a weekly incentive for healthy behavior) applies to tobacco cessation. Our projects with Monday Campaigns include investigating current trends in those seeking cessation and how periodic messaging increases quit success, and piloting the Quit and Stay Quit Monday messaging in Maryland state cessation classes. The Quit and Stay Quit Monday campaign encourages smokers to take advantage of all 52 Mondays in the year to quit, recommit to quitting or quit again after relapsing.
Monday Campaigns is a non-profit public health initiative that was started in 2003 with Meatless Monday. The campaign now has programs in more than 20 countries and participation from thousands of restaurants, schools, worksites, communities and celebrities.
WHO Collaborating Centre
In 2004, IGTC was named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Tobacco Control Surveillance and Evaluation. In consultation with PAHO, WHO and WHO Member States, the Collaborating Centre provides technical support in relation to knowledge generation, synthesis and translation, evaluation and surveillance, and capacity building. The Institute’s work is aimed at supporting multi-country research studies, developing research and evaluation tools for assessing WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) progress and enhancing national surveillance systems.
As a Collaborating Centre, IGTC aims to facilitate the dissemination of best practices for tobacco control, strengthen national and local tobacco control research and technical capacities, and promote multi-sector, multi-disciplinary collaboration in establishing and implementing tobacco control policies consistent with the WHO FCTC.