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Register now for our next VitalTalks event: Tobacco Atlas: Mapping a Path Forward

Date: Wednesday, May 18

Time: 9 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. GMT

Global smokers now exceed 1.1 billion people, leading to millions of deaths and trillions in economic damage every year. Join Vital Strategies, the Tobacconomics team at the University Illinois at Chicago and leading experts in tobacco control for the launch of the 7th edition of the Tobacco Atlas, the leading reference on the state of tobacco worldwide.

The event will feature:

  • Jeffrey Drope, Ph.D., lead author of the Tobacco Atlas, Research Professor of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Phillip S. Gardiner, DrPH, Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
  • Nandita Murukutla, Ph.D., Vice President, Global Policy and Research, Vital Strategies
  • Violeta Vulovic, Ph.D., senior economist at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago

Moderated by Deborah Charles, Senior Managing Editor at Devex

The all-new Tobacco Atlas will launch May 18, 2022 and will be available online at

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