Fogarty International Center announces first awards for international tobacco and health program

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland -- The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and eight partners announce 14 new research and training grants to combat the growing incidence of tobacco-caused illnesses and death in the developing world. FIC led the development of the International Tobacco and Health Research and Capacity Building Program in close collaboration with five NIH institutes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the World Health Organization's Tobacco Free Initiative (WHO-TFI). In addition to FIC, the five NIH partners are the National Cancer Institute (NCI); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). The combined financial commitment from FIC, its NIH partners, and the CDC is approximately $3.8 million for the first year of these five-year awards. Total support will be approximately $20.5 million over the next five years.

"Smoking represents one of the greatest challenges to health, both in the United States and worldwide," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. "This new NIH program supports critically needed research and training to identify ways to prevent or reduce smoking rates worldwide, especially in the developing world."

According to WHO, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in adults globally. More than 1 billion people -- about one-third of the world's adult population -- smoke, making tobacco use one of the greatest global health threats. Each year approximately 4 million people worldwide die from diseases caused by tobacco use. If current smoking patterns persist, the number of deaths caused by tobacco use is expected to reach 10 million annually by the year 20

Contact: Jennifer Cabe
NIH/Fogarty International Center

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