Coming Soon: Commission Report to Re‑Ignite the Fight Against Smoking

Report Launch September 2021

Worldwide there are over 1.1 billion people who use tobacco. Nearly 8 million die each year from tobacco-related causes and an estimated 200 million disability-adjusted years of life are lost. The International Commission to Re-Ignite the Fight Against Smoking was established with the belief that efforts to prevent premature death and disease from tobacco use require much greater imagination and ambition.

The commission and its staff will launch a report that offers facts, analysis, and recommendations aimed at reinvigorating a noble effort that has stalled. Mired in an outdated paradigm, it has been superseded by new technology, new ideas, and new concerns for neglected communities. The commission will also recommend a set of actions to accelerate an end to adult smoking and other toxic tobacco use.

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1.1 billion+

Over 1.1 billion people use tobacco1

8 million

Nearly 8 million people die each year of tobacco-related causes2

200 million

Estimated 200 million disability-adjusted years of life are lost3

Commission Report Launch

The Commission Report will launch at the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in September 2021. The event offers the chance for tobacco and nicotine stakeholders to come together in the spirit of open science, with an emphasis on inclusiveness, collaboration and respect. This interactive hybrid event features leading scientists as well as experts from public health, government and finance, plus networking opportunities that reaffirm the power of personal engagement. Click the button below to learn more about the GTNF.

Our Commissioners

Members of the commission, which was established to recommend a set of actions to accelerate an end to adult smoking and other toxic tobacco use, are from the U.S., U.K., South Africa, Indonesia and India. The commission and its staff will release a report in September. Retired U.S. Ambassador James K. Glassman serves as chairman of the commission and is joined by four other commissioners: Rosemary Leonard (U.K.), Kgosi Letlape (South Africa), Vivan Sharan (India), and Tikki Pangestu (Indonesia).

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman, Chair of Commission

United States

Dr. Rosemary Leonard

Dr. Rosemary Leonard, Commissioner

United Kingdom

Dr. Kgosi Letlape, Commissioner

South Africa

Vivan Sharan

Mr. Vivan Sharan, Commissioner


Dr. Tikki Pangestu

Dr. Tikki Pangestu, Commissioner


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