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IMPASHS – evaluation of the impact of the smoke-free policies in Member States on exposure to second – hand smoke and tobacco consumption

IMPASHS is a collaborative (NIOM is one of the partners) 3 year project (2008–2011) funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. The general objective of the project is to analyse the existing policies on Second Hand Smoke control in European countries and their impact on SHS exposure and tobacco consumption, and to develop a system of indicators to evaluate and monitor them at local, national and European level.

A review of the process of implementation of smoke-free policies in Member States was carried out. An evaluation frame was previously defined to analyze the evaluation process taking into account the markers and methods used, the settings studied and other relevant variables. The project carried out the analysis of validity, appropriateness, cost and feasibility of different indicators including airborne indicators (mainly nicotine and RSP), where most of the participants had a long experience and leadership at national and international level. Finally, the project dealt with the impact of smokefree policies in tobacco consumption and exposure of particularly vulnerable groups, like children and hospitality sector workforce.

As a result the project provided technical reports and guidelines to evaluate smoke-free policies, which may be of particular interest to those many countries that are currently developing or considering the implementation of these policies.


Project manager: prof. Wojciech Hanke, MD, PhD: Wojciech.Hanke@imp.lodz.pl
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