First webinar of the series on 12 October 2018

Registration to Article 20 webinars open
September 28, 2018
Second webinar of the series on 26 October 2018
October 16, 2018

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First Webinar of the Series: Building a Sustainable Tobacco Control Monitoring and Surveillance System

The first webinar of the 2018 series on the theme of building a sustainable tobacco control monitoring and surveillance system will take place on October 12 at 12:00 UTC (check your local time from here).

The webinar series consists of five webinars on supporting low and middle income countries in the establishment of tobacco surveillance systems in line with the article 20 of the WHO FCTC. The full program of the series is available for download.

Registration for the webinars is open through this link.

The flyer for the first webinar can be downloaded here.

Speakers of the Webinar

Ms. Hanna Ollila, M.Soc.Sci

WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Surveillance

Hanna Ollila leads the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Surveillance, based at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland. She is Master of Social Sciences and currently conducting her PhD studies at the University Helsinki. Her training is in the field of social psychology. She has been working at THL with smoking prevention and tobacco control for over a decade.

Ms. Ollila has been involved in conducting numerous national and cross-national surveys such as the national FINRISK Survey, the national School Health Promotion Survey and the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). She has also been the coordinator of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) Finland. She has co-authored the WHO FCTC Global Progress Reports 2016 and 2018.

She has also participated in an EU Twinning Light project supporting the harmonization of the tobacco legislation with the EU Tobacco Produts Directive, and strengthening the tobacco surveillance system, in the Republic of Serbia.

Her research focuses on the impact of tobacco-free school legislation, and on the patterns of tobacco and nicotine use among youth. She is member of the scientific committee of the Tobacco-Free Finland 2030 Network.

Dr. Jeffrey Drope, Ph.D.

American Cancer Society


Dr. Jeff Drope is Scientific Vice President of Economic and Health Policy Research at the American Cancer Society and Professor in Residence of Global Public Health at Marquette University. At ACS, an official observer to the WHO FCTC, Dr. Drope leads a team of professional researchers who focus on the nexus of public health and economic policymaking, especially taxation, trade, and investment.

His work seeks to integrate the two different policy areas in proactive ways that engender both improved public health outcomes and economic prosperity. Focus areas include tobacco farming, tobacco taxation, and economic costs of tobacco.

In addition to extensively publishing in these substantive areas, including as co-author of the most recent Tobacco Atlas, he participates actively in capacity-building efforts across the globe, working with major inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, national governments and many educational institutions.

Currently, Dr. Drope is spearheading a multi-country initiative on the economics of tobacco farming in low- and middle-income countries. He has also authored dozens of chapters and research articles on the political economy of non-communicable disease in major journals.

This activity is carried out from a grant provided by the Government of Norway, through the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), and from a grant provided by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.