The Tobacco Control Unit recently welcomed the latest EUREST-RISE Secondee, Karina Mocanu. Seconded by the European Network of Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) from Brussels, Belgium, on the 17th of April she was warmly welcomed at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain.

Karina is currently the Communication Manager of the ENSP and the leader of ENSPNext (the ENSP youth working group). Karina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications and Marketing from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has a background in Political Science from the same university. She is a very determined public health advocate with a special patient approach gained through various communication missions completed under the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC).

EUREST-RISE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme that supports an integrative series of research studies to facilitate the training of researchers in tobacco regulatory science. Karina previously received extensive training within EUREST-RISE during her secondment at the Laboratory of Toxicology from the University of Crete, Greece. There, she received hands-on experience in the chemical assessment of tobacco products and e-cigarettes for several months, and, in addition to the laboratory experience, her work focused on the new regulatory aspects of tobacco products that are to be introduced due to the Single Use Plastics Directive.

We are delighted to have Karina join us for her two-month secondment at the Catalan Institute of Oncology until the 16th of June. Her main focus during this time will be building bridges between the scientific content produced by the team and its tailored dissemination toward specific audiences to maximize the public health impact.

More specifically, she will focus on the overall communication of the Tobacco Control Unit’s projects, support the launch of specific mass media campaigns, advise on the development of appropriate communication and dissemination plans, and generally increase the reach of UTC. In addition, she will, in collaboration with the UTC team members, prepare a policy brief with tobacco control recommendations that will be presented to the Government of Spain for the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

If you have any requests, please feel free to reach out to Karina at or visit her at the Tobacco Control Unit. The entire Unit extends its warmest regards!

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