I smoked my first cigarette when I was 10 years old. It seemed like a normal thing to do. I wrapped tape around the end of one of my father’s non-filter cigarettes so I wouldn’t have to spit out the bits of tobacco that fell from the tip when it became moistened by my mouth.
The tobacco control movement in the U.S. was one of the very first community “resistance” movements. It involved mobilizing against corporate greed, and a willingness to subvert public good to private will. So much was achieved in a relatively short time, but much remains to be done. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, let us celebrate how much has been achieved by people collectively speaking on behalf of their own health and welfare.
How do you reach teens with anti-tobacco messaging that they will respond to? Jodi Sperber explains the design process for Text 2 Be an Ex, a program that engages teens in two-way conversations about smoking.
While there are significant differences between the NCD epidemics in countries of varying socio-economic development, there are many similarities. Lessons learned from our experiences in HIC can, and should, be applied to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).