Derek Yach

    Derek has spent four decades leading national, international, academic and philanthropic efforts to end smoking. These include launching South Africa’s tobacco control initiatives on the first World No Tobacco Day (1988), steering development of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (1998-2003), mobilizing funding for research in low-and-middle-income countries through board participation at the NIH Fogarty International Center, and leading the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (2017-2021). He lives in Connecticut.

    An Urgent Call for Action on World No Tobacco Day 2024

    The global combustible tobacco epidemic remains a formidable public health challenge, with devastating disparities ...