Tobacco and e-cigarette intervention modelling

Project Details

Tobacco still causes large health loss in Australia and countries in the Oceania and Asia region.  We are also in a time of disruptive technology and innovation, such as e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as cessation aids or substitutes for tobacco.  A key consideration in policy making is the magnitude of impact of any intervention on smoking prevalence and health gains – including for combinations or packages of interventions.

Simulation modelling can assist here, projecting beyond the existing evidence from time limited randomized trials and comparing endgame scenarios not yet implemented such as drastically reducing the nicotine or additives in tobacco.  And simulating the joint effects of liberalized access to e-cigarettes and restrictions on tobacco.

This project will build on the considerable body of tobacco research and simulation modelling of Blakely, Wilson, Lopez and colleagues, utilizing the VIVARIUM simulation framework to estimate the impact of separate and joint policies in Australasia, Asia and the Pacific.

The project is ideally suited for postgraduate students looking to evaluate the effect of multiple tobacco interventions in one country, or for comparing one intervention (eg, tobacco tax) across multiple countries.

Key publications underpinning this project include:

  • comparing multiple endgame strategies in NZ
  • the impact of liberalizing access to e-cigarettes (and see infographic)
  • simulating tobacco taxes and a smokefree generation in the Solomon Islands as proof of principle that GBD data can be used to population intervention models.

Researchers

Collaborators

Research Group

Population Interventions



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling



Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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