Tackling secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette emissions: exposure assessment, novel interventions, impact on lung diseases and economic burden in diverse European populations.

TackSHS is a new research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. TackSHS aims to improve our understanding of second-hand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette emissions and find ways of tackling the health burden caused by exposure to these aerosols. Last week, over 30 professionals from six countries in Europe met in Barcelona for a two-days kick-off meeting, during which each team presented their work programme for the next four years.

The project with a duration of 48 months (2 November 2015 – 1 November 2019) and a total budget of three Million Euros brings together leading European research centres, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations to work in partnership on a comprehensive and integrated approach to generate significant step-change beyond the current state-of-the-art in understanding second-hand tobacco smoke and electronic cigarette aerosols.

The multidisciplinary team of public health scientists, medical and environmental epidemiologists, occupational health specialists, respiratory physicians, health economists and policy experts will be working together within the project with the overall aim of characterizing the exposure of second-hand smoke in Europe and improving the understanding of the effects of second-hand tobacco smoke and electronic cigarette aerosols on respiratory health. The project will also develop methods of measuring second-hand smoke and electronic cigarette aerosol in homes and cars, and will seek simple, low-cost approaches to help motivate smokers to make their homes smoke-free.

Within a fast changing environment, this project will try to elucidate the comprehensive impact that SHS and e-cigarette aerosols have on the European population and how health impacts vary according to socio-economic parameters with particular emphasis on specific vulnerable groups such as patients suffering from chronic lung diseases.


Pre-doctoral position for TackSHS

Tobacco Control Unit (UCT) at the Catalan Institute of Oncology offers two PhD (pre-doctoral) fellow positions under the H2020 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) – “LaCaixa” doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT. Read more here.

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