GSL Knowledge Translation for FCTC Studies

June 20, 2019
Mathieu Presenting

On June 20th, GSL’s Director Steven Hoffman and Faculty Associate Mathieu Poirier participated in three knowledge translation activities related to the lab’s two recent publications in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The first study 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. Overall the data concord with Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s previously published country-level data, but this study’s new dataset has the advantage of not smoothing year-over-year discontinuities that are necessary for robust quasi-experimental impact evaluations. This study can be read here.

The second study uses these data to measure the impact of the FCTC using two quasi-experimental designs. Overall the authors find no significant change in the rate at which global cigarette consumption has been decreasing following the FCTC’s adoption in 2003; however, stratified analysis reveals significant reductions in cigarette consumption among high-income and European countries, and significant increases among low- and middle-income and Asian countries. This study can be read here.

The Global Strategy Lab participated in the following three knowledge translation activities related to these publications:

1. Webinar, hosted by the Framework Convention Alliance

The webinar, titled “Evaluating the FCTC’s impact on a global scale” provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about the studies’ methods, primary findings, and their broader implications for the global tobacco control community. After the study authors presented, a short commentary was provided by Professor Linda Bauld, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the two articles in the BMJ. It concluded with a short Q&A session where participants were able to engage with the studies’ authors. The webinar can be streamed online here.

2. Presentation to Health Canada

The results of the two studies were presented directly to Health Canada in an informal question and answer period. Participants were interested to learn more about the methods used to reach the study’s surprising conclusions, and a conversation about the implications of the findings for Canada and its international partners followed the talk.

3. Podcast, hosted by The British Medical Journal

A podcast, titled “Did international accord on tobacco reduce smoking?” was recorded by the BMJ’s digital media editor Duncan Jarvis and released along with the final publications. Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Poirier speak about what makes these studies unique, and more importantly, what they mean for the global tobacco control community, and for international law more broadly. The podcast can be accessed here.