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Tackling socioeconomic inequalities in smoking: learning from natural experiments by time trend analyses and cross-national comparisons

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278273

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 253 420

  • EU contribution

    € 1 795 000

Coordinated by:

ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

Objective

For any strategy aimed to reduce socioeconomic inequities in health in Europe it is vital to tackle the large and widening inequalities in smoking. However, there is only limited evidence on effectiveness of tobacco control policies in terms of reducing inequalities. Especially lacking are evaluations of the effects of policies that have actually been implemented in different European countries. In addition, no studies have assessed the role of “strategic drivers” such as social welfare or educational policies.

The aim of the proposed project is to analyse various “natural policy experiments” within Europe with the aim to generate new empirical evidence on the effectiveness of possible strategies to reduce inequalities in smoking. The project has three parts. First, time trends in various European countries will be analyzed with the aim to assess whether changes in national tobacco control policies have influenced inequalities in smoking cessation among adults. Second, comparisons between European countries will be made with the aim to assess whether cross-national differences in specific tobacco control policies were associated with inequalities in smoking initiation among adolescents. These cross-national comparisons will also assess whether different types of educational systems are associated with inequalities in smoking initiation. Third, the project will review the published results of intervention studies, and integrate these with our results. The combined evidence base will be disseminated across Europe, especially among those who are involved in the development of tobacco control policies and health-in-all policies.

This innovative project will develop comparative research into a new strategy for the evaluation of natural experiments, combining methods from different disciplines. Top researchers from different European countries will work together, and bring together four large international networks relevant to inequities in smoking.
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Coordinator

ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Address

Meibergdreef 15
1105az Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 334 600

Administrative Contact

Gulseren Yalvac (Ms.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 276 175

MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 288 100

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 288 100

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 175 375

EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR SMOKING PREVENTION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 174 090

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 31 820

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 76 820

LIETUVOS SVEIKATOS MOKSLU UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 28 100

SODERTORNS HOGSKOLA

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 31 820

TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

ESCOLA NACIONAL DE SAUDE PUBLICA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278273

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 253 420

  • EU contribution

    € 1 795 000

Coordinated by:

ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands