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Tobacco Control Policies in the Republic of Korea and the Methods of the ITC Korea Surveys
J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob 2018; 9(Suppl S1): S1-S10
Published online January 31, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Hong Gwan Seo1, Yeol Kim2, Steve Shaowei Xu3*, Anne C. K. Quah3, Christian Boudreau4, Mi Yan3, Mary E. Thompson4, Geoffrey T Fong2,5,6

1Department of Cancer Control and Policy, Graduate School of Cancer Science & Policy, National Cancer Center,
2Division of Cancer Management Policy, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea,
3Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,
4Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,
5School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,
6Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Correspondence to: Steve Shaowei Xu
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel: 1-519-888-4567 ext 39179 Fax: 1-519-746-8631 E-mail: s4xu@uwaterloo.ca
Received November 7, 2017; Revised January 10, 2018; Accepted January 11, 2018.
 Abstract
This article reviews tobacco control policies that have recently been implemented in the Republic of Korea and describes methods of the ITC Korea Surveys conducted from 2005 to 2016 to evaluate the impact of those policies. The ITC Korea Surveys are part of the ITC Project, a large global project being conducted in 29 countries, whose main objective is to conduct rigorous evaluation of tobacco control policies of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The ITC Korea Project is a collaboration between the Korean National Cancer Center (NCC) and the ITC Project at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Over 11 years, the ITC Korea research team has conducted two longitudinal surveys of a national cohort of adult smokers in Korea. The first cohort survey was conducted in 2005, 2008, and 2010. In 2016, the first wave of a new cohort survey was conducted. The ITC Korea Project is a critically important evidence system for evaluation of policies that complements the evidence from existing surveillance systems. Evaluation evidence on the impact of FCTC policies is becoming increasingly important to guide actions toward achieving the ambitious objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO셲 Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. Evaluation evidence is also critically important for governments whose policies are being challenged in domestic and international courts and via trade treaties.
Keywords : FCTC; Tobacco control; ITC Korea survey; Sample design
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