We are glad to announce the next Tobacco Control Seminars, organized by the Tobacco Control Unit/ WHO Collaborating Center for Tobacco Control.

These Seminars are aimed at introducing challenging topics and on-going research on tobacco control by national and international experts in a friendly environment. They are open to professionals and students in the wide field of tobacco control. Registration is free.

If you are planning to attend, please fill the very short registration form in this link (just in 7 seconds!)

  • Date: January 31st, 2020  (12:30h-13:30h)
  • Title: Mixed-methods approaches to study the alcohol and tobacco urban environment:  the use of Photovoice and Geographical Information Systems
  • Presenters: Xisca Sureda, BPhar, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Alcalá & Roberto Valiente, MA, MScGeog, PhD cand.
  • Location: ICO L’Hospitalet, “Duran” classroom (1st Floor Main Building) (How to get to ICO)
  • Language: English or Spanish
  • Free registration: link

Summary of the Seminar [PDF]

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in how the social, urban and cultural environments contribute to shaping behavioral risk factors associated with health, including alcohol and tobacco consumption. Within the urban characteristic of the environments, the availability and accessibility to alcohol and tobacco, their promotion, and the visibility of alcohol and tobacco consumption may influence drinking patterns and tobacco use among the population. Throughout the seminar, ongoing research projects in the city of Madrid will be presented with emphasis on the methods they used to describe the alcohol and tobacco urban environment. Researchers applied different methodologies including systematic social observation, Photovoice, or the use of Geographical Information Systems, emphasizing the relevance of mix-methods approaches to understanding such a complex problem. The results of this research reveal novel insights to improve the current regulations to prevent alcohol and tobacco consumption and to improve population health.

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