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New editorial published in the latest version of The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease highlights tobacco use as the most common modifiable risk factor for non-communicable diseases.

Written by The Union's Ehsan Latif and the University of Illinois' Dean E. Schraufnagel 'Non-communicable diseases, tobacco, and The Union' flags the commonalities between risk factors, most notably the power and influence of the industries that lie behind them: tobacco, alcohol and food. It also suggests that the strategies used in tobacco control could be applicable to the challenges presented by other risk factors.

The article uses e-cigarettes as an example of how and why the public health community should collaborate more closely to tackle NCDs - while experts grapple with existing challenges, new and innovative products are constantly appearing on the market presenting a raft of additional complexities.

You can read the full article here.


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