Like most western nations the UK has seen a welcome reduction in smoking prevalence over the last twenty years, driven by strategic policy and evidence-based practice. Now we need new actions and a greater effort to address health inequalities and to reach deprived communities and vulnerable groups.
The Scottish Government is the latest to commit to a target to become “smoke-free”, joining a growing international determination to win the war on tobacco within the next generation.
Bringing together delegates from Scotland, the rest of the UK and across the world, this prestigious conference will provide an opportunity for tobacco control advocates, policy makers, researchers, health practitioners and community development professionals to learn from international good practice and innovation. Themes to be explored include industry and regulation, protection from second-hand smoke, youth smoking prevention, cessation services in our communities and the role of advocacy in driving policy. There will be a special focus on addressing health inequality and new ways of working with hard-to-reach groups.
ASH Scotland has a reputation for staging events that not only deliver effective knowledge exchange, but create the conditions required to generate and adapt new ideas. This event will foster delegate interaction. By exploring how the world is moving towards smoke-free and facilitating dialogue across different sectors, this will be a unique opportunity to take stock and identify the changes needed to meet the challenge of creating a smoke-free generation.
A list of world renowned speakers and further information about the conference will be available early in 2013 along with a call for abstracts. If you or your organisation would like to offer support for this event, please contact David Robertson, Alliances Manager.
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