Hosted by the School of Population Health, the symposium marks the establishment of the Auckland Tobacco Control Research Centre - which will be formally launched by Pita Sharples, co-leader of the Maori Party.
The Centre's Director Dr Marewa Glover says the event brings together local and international experts on issues such as nicotine addiction, harm reduction strategies, and limiting cigarette sales.
"It is well-timed because there is a growing debate about the next steps New Zealand might take if it is to significantly reduce smoking rates.
"Pending prosecutions for chewing tobacco, pressure to end the sale of 'combustibles' or all tobacco products, and support in some quarters for the introduction of alternative smokeless nicotine products such as SNUS (a Swedish tobacco product) are among the topics that will be vigorously debated."
International speakers include:
A full programme can be viewed at www.ctru.auckland.ac.nz
Symposium details are:
Date: Friday 24 March 2006
Time: 8.30 am–5pm
Venue: Population Health Complex, Tamaki Campus, The University of Auckland
The Auckland Tobacco Control Research Centre is based in the School of Population Health, part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of researchers dedicating to investigating and developing strategies to reduce tobacco consumption in New Zealand.
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