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IGTC Research Highlights
  • Menthol “replacement” packs still sold in Canada after menthol ban, 90 percent with "smooth alternative" marketing
  • 75 percent of hospitality venues (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, etc.) comply with smoke-free laws in Turkey
  • Harm reduction (the idea that using e-cigarettes is better than smoking) is the most common marketing appeal used on Russian e-cigarette websites
  • Tobacco industry marketing extends beyond the cigarette pack--91 percent of cigarette sticks include a brand name or logo

The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides scientific evidence to support effective tobacco control policies around the world. Our research focuses heavily on smoke-free laws, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, tobacco packaging and labeling, health warning labels on tobacco products and e-cigarette policies. Our research helps create better policies, which save lives.

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Joanna Cohen, PhD, MHSC, Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention and Director of IGTC

Dr. Cohen obtained her PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and her MHSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. She has been involved in tobacco policy research for more than 20 years.

Areas of expertise: tobacco packaging, health warning labels, tobacco advertising, e-cigarettes, tobacco industry, tobacco control policy, policy implementation and evaluation, capacity building and training

Ryan D. Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise: tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, e-cigarette policies, health warning labels, implementing and evaluating tobacco laws, environmental health, smoke-free, mobile data collection, product regulation

Lisa Lagasse, PhD, MHS, Assistant Scientist

Areas of expertise: tobacco advertising, youth and advertising, promotion and sponsorship, media and health communication, risk communication, diet and food policy

Stephen A. Tamplin, MSE, Associate Scientist     

Areas of expertise: global tobacco control, capacity building and training, leadership, environmental health, international health and development

Rajeev Cherukupalli, PhD, Assistant Scientist

Areas of expertise: health economics, tobacco taxation, health behaviors, public finance and related policy

Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD, Professor

Areas of expertise: health warning labels, media, tobacco advertising, single cigarettes, social determinants of health, young adults and tobacco