health policy

The VI International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances

Maastricht, Netherlands,

The VI International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) will be held on 8th – 9th April 2019 at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

The conference offers the opportunity to share knowledge and strengthen collaboration on NPS among multidisciplinary professionals at the international level.

The key objectives of the event are:

2019 NIDA International Forum

San Antonio,

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will be holding its annual International Forum, June 14–17, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. 

The event will include a research symposium, poster sessions, and network-building activities that will focus on the range and quality of drug abuse research conducted around the world. 

Lisbon Addictions 2019

Lisbon, Portugal,

The third European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies will be held in Lisbon from 23–25 October 2019.

The theme of the conference is ‘the future of addictions: new frontiers for policy, practice and science', and is designed to support early-stage researchers move forward in their career. 

The main areas of research are:

Society for Prevention Research - 27th Annual Meeting

San Francisco,

The Society for Prevention Research’s 27th annual meeting will be held May 28 – May 31, 2018, in San Francisco.

The theme for the event is  “Prevention Science in a Big Data World”. It is hoped that the event will open up a discussion about ways in which the prevention science community can make use of data and innovative technologies to develop new opportunities in prevention research. 

Cigarette Flavors, Package Shape, and Cigarette Brand Perceptions

Islam F, Thrasher JF, Szklo A, Figueiredo VC, Perez C, White CM, et al. Cigarette flavors, package shape, and cigarette brand perceptions: an experiment among young Brazilian women. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2018;42:e5.
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Objective: In 2012, a new Brazilian regulation prohibited the use of flavor additives in tobacco products. To better understand the potential impact of this regulation, this study examines how flavor descriptors on cigarette packaging influence brand perceptions among young Brazilian women.

Avoidable Emergency Department Visits: A Starting Point

Renee Y. Hsia, Matthew Niedzwiecki; Avoidable emergency department visits: a starting point, International Journal for Quality in Health Care,
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To better characterize and understand the nature of a very conservative definition of ‘avoidable’ emergency department (ED) visits in the United States to provide policy-makers insight into what interventions can target non-urgent ED visits.


Factors Influencing the Tobacco Control Policy Process in Egypt and Iran

Banks et al. Global Health Research and Policy (2017) 2:19 DOI 10.1186/s41256-017-0039-6
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Tobacco control policy is essential for addressing the growing tobacco consumption seen in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, the single greatest preventable contributor to the non-communicable disease epidemic. Egypt and Iran have had varied success in using policy to combat this issue.