Study Finds U.S. is Prime Exporter of Tobacco-Control Expertise in the World

Assessing options for learning from tobacco control in other countries

From 1993 to 1994, staff from the Advocacy Institute evaluated the potential role of international tobacco-control expertise and experience in enhancing U.S. tobacco-control efforts.

The Advocacy Institute, based in Washington, is a non-profit organization that works to develop products, projects and services that improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Key Findings

  • The Advocacy Institute's review of current international tobacco-control experience and expertise described successful efforts in Canada and Australia and briefly profiled 17 leaders in the field from whom the United States could learn.

  • However, the grantee's final report indicates that there are no international, regional, or national organizations that can substantially contribute to strengthening U.S. tobacco-control efforts and, in fact, the United States is the prime exporter of tobacco-control expertise in the world.

  • Despite the paucity of international resources and expertise with significant potential for aiding U.S. efforts revealed by their report, the investigators made a series of recommendations including:

    • Establishing a series of issue-specific workshops to enable foreign and U.S. tobacco-control experts to jointly address tobacco-control issues.
    • Strengthening international tobacco-control communications links, such as via the journal Tobacco Control and the computer network SCARCNet.