GSL Director presents findings of GSL's FCTC research at the University of Bergen

January 10, 2020
SJH in Bergen


On January 10, GSL Director Steven Hoffman discussed our research on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the University of Bergen's Centre on Law & Social Transformation. The two discussed studies were both published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) last year.

The first study, titled “Cigarette consumption estimates for 71 countries from 1970 to 2015: systematic collection of comparable data to facilitate quasi-experimental evaluations of national and global tobacco control interventions” describes a systematic process by which the authors collected, appraised, selected, and reported best-available national estimates of cigarette consumption for 71 countries from 1970 to 2015.

The second study, titled “Impact of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on global cigarette consumption: quasi-experimental evaluations using interrupted time series analysis and in-sample forecast event modelling” uses the data from the first study to measure the impact of the FCTC. Overall the authors could not find a significant change in the rate at which global cigarette consumption has been decreasing following the FCTC’s adoption in 2003. Stratified analysis, however, revealed significant reductions in cigarette consumption among high-income and European countries, and significant increases among low- and middle-income and Asian countries. 

To watch Steven Hoffman's presentation and talk click here.