University of Sydney hosts Australian Smoking Cessation Conference

6 November 2013

New insights on smoking and mental illness, adolescent smoking, smoking in pregnancy and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are among the topics to be covered at the inaugural Australian Smoking Cessation Conference at the University of Sydney, from Wednesday to Friday this week.

The conference is a joint collaboration of the Smoking Cessation Unit, based in the University's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), with the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals (AASCP).

Conference Chair Associate Professor Renee Bittoun said the conference aims to update clinicians with practical skills and information based on the latest national and international research.

"Attendees will learn the latest practical, evidence-based skills and information to help smokers quit," she said.

"We need to be more proactive in reducing the negative impacts of smoking.

In Australia, our tobacco control focus is almost exclusively on public health measures, with minimal support for assisting smokers to quit. The cost benefit is overwhelmingly on the side of intensive support for smoking cessation.

"Many smokers need professional help, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and smokers with mental illness. Providing further smoking cessation services should be a national priority," she said.

Program highlights of the conference include:

• Smoking and mental illness: myths and barriers
• Smoking in pregnancy
• What works in adolescent smoking cessation programs?
• Smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
• Nicotine replacement therapy
• Genetics and pharmacogenetics of smoking and practical implications for therapy
• Evidence-based smoking cessation: the English experience

Event details:

What: The Australian Smoking Cessation Conference 2013
When: 6-8 November (workshops only on first day)
Where: The Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Level 1, 88 Mallett St, Camperdown (next to the Brain and Mind Research Institute)

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