The Tobacco Control Science Evidence Academy was held last Friday, November 16, 2018 at The Study at University City. There was ample space for the 90 registrants, breakfast and lunch, along with nine different breakout sessions. All were there to learn and share research on tobacco control, cessation, and smoking technology.

View the program of the event for details and presentation titles, here.

The Plenary Addresses started us off, with Andrew Strasser, PhD, Robert Schnoll, PhD, and Andrea Villanti, PhD, MPH.

After the Clinical, Research, and Policy/Action Breakout Sessions, there was a short break to grab lunch and then take a seat for the Keynote Speaker, Kurt Ribisl, PhD, who gave his presentation on the “Demise of Cigarettes and the Rise of E-Cigarettes: Fixing our Flawed Response.”

The Planning Committee assembled a panel of specialists to discuss how tobacco is affecting Philadelphia.

Sean McCormick moderated the panel through a discussion of how they’ve been able to make changes in their organizations’ policies and provide a healthier environment. We had five Flash Talk presenters from different universities and organizations.

Support for this event was provided by the Population Science Program of Abramson Cancer Center, the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, and the UPenn Prevention Research Center.

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Resources from the organizations involved in this event:


Penn Stop

Get Healthy Philly 

Truth Initiative

Health Promotion Council

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Abramson Cancer Center – Penn Medicine