Florence, 12. 10. – 19. 10. 2023
The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) Conference took place from 12-19 October in sunny Florence, bringing together leading experts, researchers, and professionals dedicated to tobacco control and public health. The conference provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge, research findings, and strategies aimed at addressing the challenges posed by smoking and promoting effective tobacco prevention measures.
Key Themes and Sessions:
- Tobacco Control Policies and Advocacy:
- During pre-conference day, the engaging workshops with experienced influencers highlighted successful advocacy initiatives and strategies to communicate these crucial information in an engaging way.
- The conference featured discussions on the latest developments in tobacco control policies across European countries.
- Youth Tobacco Prevention:
- Special attention was given to strategies targeting youth tobacco prevention, focusing on e-cigarettes and novel nicotine products.
- Presentations emphasized the importance of early intervention, education, and community engagement in preventing the initiation of smoking among young people.
- Participants explored the latest advancements in data collection and analysis to inform evidence-based tobacco control strategies.
- Researchers presented findings on the impact of smoking on vulnerable populations, especially on their mental health.
- Special attention was given to the environmental impact of the tobacco industry.
ENSP conference provided many networking opportunities, fostering collaboration and partnerships among participants. Informal discussions and networking events allowed attendees to share insights, exchange ideas, and establish connections for future collaborations. The emphasis was particularly placed on encouraging young participants to gather insights from experts in the field. As a representative of the youth, I felt a warm sense of welcome and inclusivity.