On October 7, the INSTrUCT project was presented, this is an open educational resource to train health science students in how to offer support in smoking cessation. This project led by the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and the University of Barcelona (UB) was held in a hybrid format, both face-to-face and online, with a total of 150 participants.

INSTrUCT is an online educational resource aimed at promoting smoking cessation knowledge and skills among higher education students in all Health Sciences Degrees. During the meeting, this educational resource was presented to professors from various universities, explaining INSTrUCT implementation and evaluation process at that moment, in which students, professors and researchers participated. Up to now, more than 1,000 students from various European universities have completed the course during its pilot phase. The universities involved are Coimbra School of Nursing (ESEnfC), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Navarra (Spain), the University of Lleida (Spain), King’s College London (United Kingdom), the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and the Erasmushogeschool Brussel (Belgium) and, the Catalan Institute of Oncology (Spain), coordinator of this consortium. This online educational resource is available in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese).

The event was opened by the Vice-Rector for Teaching Policy, Dr. Conxita Amat, the Director of Public Health, Dr. Carmen Cabezas, and the Rector’s delegate for bio-sanitary research, Ricardo Casaroli. They pointed out the need of introducing tobacco cessation education in the academic curriculum of future healthcare professionals during their educational years due to the important burden of morbidity and mortality that tobacco still causes in Europe.

At the closing ceremony, the Dean of the UB, Dr. Joan Guardia, emphasized the importance of carrying out collaborative projects between universities and research institutes that generate knowledge and promote health at the academic and population level.

Access to the recording of the act is posted in spanish on the following link: https://www.ub.edu/ubtv/video/tobacco-cessation-training-in-h-e-instruct

Access to the recording of the act is posted in english on the following link: https://www.ub.edu/ubtv/video/tobacco-cessation-training-in-h-e-instruct-angles

This study was partially supported by the The INSTrUCT project (Reference: 2019-1-ES01-KA203-064496), funded in the framework of Erasmus+ programme (EU) with support from the European Commission and SEPIE

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