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Sam Byfield is the Non Communicable Diseases Coordinator at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in Melbourne, Australia. He previously worked at Vision 2020 Australia, where he contributed to cementing blindness prevention as a priority in Australia’s Aid Program; at the Yunnan Health and Development Research Organisation, where he worked on advocacy and programs to address environmental health problems in Southwest China; and at the Australian Parliament, where he undertook research and analysis across a range of foreign policy issues. His other interests include disability inclusive development (for three years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium) and China’s emergence as an aid donor.

Tobacco, Poverty and the Need for Global Action Health Poverty Research 

Tobacco, Poverty and the Need for Global Action

The recent High Court judgement in Australia upholding legislation to enforce plain packaging for tobacco products provides a good opportunity to look at the impacts of tobacco in low and middle income countries, and what’s needed to stem the tide of poverty and mortality they cause. Sam Byfield, of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, investigates this increasingly important issue.