The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is one of five coordinating partners for Michael R. Bloomberg’s $375 million Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. The initiative aims to reduce tobacco use in low and middle-income countries, where more than two-thirds of the world’s smokers live. As part of this initiative, the Campaign operates a global advocacy resource center to provide accurate public information about tobacco use and effective tobacco control interventions and assists advocates and government with strategic planning, resources and technical assistance to achieve policy change. These resources include policy, research, media, legal and grassroots expertise and support.
With a population of over 140,000,000 people, Russia has one of the highest rates of smoking in the world: 61% of men and 15% of women smoke. Roughly 330,000-400,000 Russians die each year from tobacco-related causes. Russian female smoking rates more than doubled from 7% in 1993 to 15% in 2004. Russia ratified the world’s first public health treaty, the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in 2008.