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May 2015

Tobacco accounts for about one in 10 deaths globally, or 6 million deaths per year, according to WHO, and as many as half of current users will die from the effects of tobacco consumption.

As the proportion of non-smokers in the world grows, tobacco interests have taken to the courts to combat government efforts to reduce smoking. Is it realistic to envision a day when tobacco use is no longer a leading cause of illness and death?

In a Guest Editorial marking WHO's annual World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2015, Tom Novotny assesses the tobacco control landscape and considers how a tobacco endgame could become a reality.

Image Credit: Ken Hawkins, Flickr


The Tobacco Endgame: Is It Possible?

Thomas E. Novotny


A Global Biomedical R&D Fund and Mechanism for Innovations of Public Health Importance

Manica Balasegaram, Christian Bréchot, Jeremy Farrar, David Heymann, Nirmal Ganguly, Martin Khor, Yves Lévy, Precious Matsoso, Ren Minghui, Bernard Pécoul, Liu Peilong, Marcel Tanner, John-Arne Røttingen

An Unsupported Preference for Intravenous Antibiotics

Ho Kwong Li, Ambrose Agweyu, Mike English, Philip Bejon

Policy Forum

Setting International Standards for the Management of Public Health Pesticides

Henk van den Berg, Rajpal Singh Yadav, Morteza Zaim

Research Articles

The Health System and Population Health Implications of Large-Scale Diabetes Screening in India: A Microsimulation Model of Alternative Approaches

Sanjay Basu, Christopher Millett, Sandeep Vijan, Rodney A. Hayward, Sanjay Kinra, Rahoul Ahuja, John S. Yudkin

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination for Children in Thailand: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Aronrag Meeyai, Naiyana Praditsitthikorn, Surachai Kotirum, Wantanee Kulpeng, Weerasak Putthasri, Ben S. Cooper, Yot Teerawattananon

Healthy Eating and Risks of Total and Cause-Specific Death among Low-Income Populations of African-Americans and Other Adults in the Southeastern United States: A Prospective Cohort Study

Danxia Yu, Jennifer Sonderman, Maciej S. Buchowski, Joseph K. McLaughlin, Xiao-Ou Shu, Mark Steinwandel, Lisa B. Signorello, Xianglan Zhang, Margaret K. Hargreaves, William J. Blot, Wei Zheng