The Stanford Global Tobacco Free Research Initiative Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Colloquium Series 2007-2008-“A Ticking Time Bomb: The Global Tobacco Pandemic -- Current and Future Scenarios”

May 15, 2008 (Thu) | 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
Medical School Office Building (MSOB), Room x303, 251 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA 94305

Current and future global tobacco scenarios are reviewed from a broad perspective, including health effects, epidemiology, economics, and policy development. Current and projected epidemiological data are presented, the status of the global tobacco epidemic is considered as it varies by region and stage, and specific solutions are suggested to address the contemporary and future global problems that will be encountered as the epidemic gradually shifts the greatest tobacco use-induced burden from the high-income, industrialized countries to the middle- and low-income emerging world. These solutions include urging, and providing adequate resources for, all countries to sign, ratify, implement, enforce, and evaluate the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to focus global tobacco control efforts on the FCTC/MPOWER mandates of raising tobacco taxes, promoting smokefree environments, reducing/eliminating tobacco advertising, providing access to treatment for tobacco dependence, disseminating essential information about the dangers of tobacco use, and continuing to monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, and involving health care providers, especially physicians, in local, regional, and global tobacco control efforts. BIOGRAPHY: John R. Seffrin, PhD, has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society since 1992. He was a charter member of C-Change, an appointee to the National Cancer Policy Board, and co-chair of the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee. He led the creation of the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids, was appointed to the President’s Commission on Improving Economic Opportunities in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public Health, is a former chair of the board of directors of Independent Sector, and is immediate past president of the International Union Against Cancer.

Department:  Stanford Prevention Research Center


  • John Seffrin, Ph.D. CEO, American Cancer Society, Atlanta,Georgia, USA and Immediate Past President, Int'l Union Against Cancer, Geneva Switzerland