1. Regulating the design and construction of nicotine and tobacco products

Lead supervisor: Associate Professor Coral Gartner, QAEHS and School of Public Health, UQ

Other supervisors: Professor Kevin Thomas, QAEHS

Contact: c.gartner@uq.edu.au

 

Project description

Smoking prevalence in the general Australian population is among the lowest of any high income country. However, it still remains a highly prevalent source of exposure to toxic chemical exposure in the Australian population. In most countries, including Australia, the design and construction of tobacco cigarettes remains relatively unregulated.

Article 9 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires parties to the treaty to regulate the contents and emissions of tobacco products. Hence, there have been increasing moves internationally to develop product standards for cigarettes with the aims of reducing the attractiveness and palatability of cigarettes or reducing exposure to harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. There has also been a growing interest in banning filters from cigarettes due to their environmental impact. New nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes and other vaporisers and heated tobacco products are creating further new challenges for regulators in determining appropriate product standards. This PhD will develop the evidence base for development of effective regulation of nicotine and tobacco products to assist with the implementation of Article 9 of the WHO FCTC.

Preferred educational background: Undergraduate Class I or IIA honours or Masters degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Chemistry, Behavioural Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Regulatory Science, Health Law, Health Policy or a related field. Knowledge and experience in health policy or product regulation would be highly valued.

 

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2. Health education interventions to increase smoking cessation among people from priority populations

Lead supervisor: Associate Professor Coral Gartner, QAEHS and School of Public Health, UQ

Contact: c.gartner@uq.edu.au

 

Project description

Smoking prevalence in the general Australian population is among the lowest of any high income country. However, it still remains a highly prevalent source of exposure to toxic chemical exposure in the Australian population. Furthermore, the overall low prevalence hides the significant disparity that exists with a number of populations having much higher smoking rates. These priority populations include people living with mental illness or other chronic diseases, Indigenous peoples, people who are homeless or have experienced incarceration. This translational research project aims to collect evidence on health education resources that are designed to support priority populations to stop smoking and hence reduce their exposure to tobacco smoke.

This PhD will build on preliminary work and on-going collaborations with industry partners. The study will involve co-design and testing of videos with mental health consumers and workers.

Preferred educational background: Undergraduate Class I or IIA honours or Masters degree in Health Communication, Health Psychology, Public Health, Social Work or a related field. Experience working with people living with severe mental illness would be an advantage. Knowledge and experience in participatory research methods, co-design, and qualitative data analysis would also be highly valued.

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