Tobacco Endgame - Swedish Style

Berzelius symposium 92

22-23 September 2016 in Stockholm Sweden

Tobacco use is still the major preventable cause of disease and death in Sweden. In 2014, death rates from lung cancer and COPD were higher than ever, and cure for these diseases is a distant dream. The rate of decline in smoking is slow and may even be illusory. After many failed attempts, it is clear that the health care service cannot provide evidence-based treatment for all in need. Influenced by international ideas on an endgame strategy – a political decision of a target date when smoking will be reduced to a few percent in the population – a true change of perspectives can be realized. A target of <5% smokers by 2025 is within reach, provided that the World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) is implemented. The first step towards this target encompasses broad public opinion building, leading to a national political commitment to an endgame strategy. Doctors now have the opportunity and the responsibility to improve public health. This Berzelius Conference is part of that struggle.

Organising committee: Hans Gilljam (chair), Gunilla Bolinder, Göran Boëthius, Peter Friberg, Per Haglind, Lars Jerdén and Matz Larsson.

The meeting is arranged by the Swedish Society of Medicine and supported by the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Presentation of speakers >>

10.00–10.15     Welcome, introduction and information.
        Hans Gilljam, Karolinska Institutet and Doctors against Tobacco

10.15–10.35    Tobacco use – in Global Burden of Disease and NCD.  
        Peter Friberg, University of Göteborg

10.40–11.00    Tobacco Endgame – ethical aspects.
        Ingemar Engström, Örebro University

11.05–11.40    Tobacco Endgame: Strategic deliberations.
        Ruth Malone, University of California, San Francisco, USA

13.00–13.20    Tobacco Free New Zealand 2025.
        Richard Edwards, University of Otago, New Zealand

13.25–13.45    Tobacco Free Ireland 2025.
        Luke Clancy, University of Dublin, Irland

13.50–14.10    Tobacco Free Finland 2030.
        Antero Heloma, National Institute for Health and Welfare

14.15–14.35    Smokefree Sweden 2025.
        Göran Boëthius, Tobaksfakta – independent think tank and
        Doctors against Tobacco

15.05–15.50    Conclusions from four examples - Similarities? Differences? Possibilities? Discussion with a panel of the above speakers.Chair: Kenneth Warner, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

15.55–16.15    The way forward.  Anna-Lena Sörenson, deputy Chair, Committee on
        Health and Welfare, The Swedish Parliament and
        Emil Broberg, 3rd deputy chair, the Swedish Association of
        Local Authorities and Regions

16.20–16.40    Tobacco prevention - the physician’s role in politics.
        Barbro Westerholm, MP (lib) The Swedish Parliament

Friday, 23 September 2016

09.00–09.05    Welcome. Hans Gilljam

09.05–09.25     How will the Public Health Agency support the realization of a Smoke Free Sweden 2025?
        Anna Bessö, The Public Health Agency, Sweden

09.30–09.50     Optimization of smoking cessation support for everyone.
        Irene Nilsson Carlsson, The National Board of Health and Welfare

09.55–10.15     Smoking cessation in the clinic – a look at the evidence.
        Hanne Tønnesen, Universities of Lund and Copenhagen

10.45–11.30     A more health centered medical training to secure the health care of the future. David Nathanson, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm

12.00–12.20     Tobacco Endgame  – how will the tobacco industry respond?
        Luk Joossens, Association of European Cancer Leagues, Brussels

12.25–12.45     Tobacco smoking costs - today and tomorrow.
        Geronimo Salomón Holmer, The Public Health Agency, Sweden

12.50–13.10     Tobacco endgame – a prerequisite for narrowing the health gaps.
        Olle Lundberg, chair, the Commission for Equity in Health

13.15–14.00    Discussion and closing remarks. Hans Gilljam and panel