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AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health at the 7th European Conference on Tobacco or Health

PORTO, Portugal – American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health’s Zvart Avedisian Onanian Center for Health Services Research and Development (CHSR) Research Assistants Armine Abrahamyan (MPH ’15) and Varduhi Hayrumyan (MPH ’16) were competitively selected to participate and present during the 7th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) in Porto, Portugal, March 22-25, 2017.

The ECToH 2017 was organized by the Portuguese League against Cancer (LPCC) under the auspices of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL). The goal of the Conference was to mobilize health experts to improve health through tobacco control policies in Europe and Worldwide. The ECToH 2017 brought together policy makers, scientists, health educators, advocacy officers and health professionals involved in tobacco control.

Within the scope of the ECToH 2017 Armine Abrahamyan made two oral presentations on the results of the “Implementing WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 14 in Armenia through building national capacity in smoking cessation training” project.

  • “Primary Healthcare Physicians’ Practice and Confidence in Smoking Cessation: A Cross-Sectional Study in Armenia” authored by Armine Abrahamyan (MPH 2015),  Arusyak Harutyunyan (MPH 2009), and Varduhi Hayrumyan (MPH 2016)
  • “Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Training in Armenia” authored by Arusyak Harutyunyan (MPH 2009), Armine Abrahamyan (MPH 2015), Varduhi Hayrumyan (MPH 2016), Armine Danielyan, and Varduhi Petrosyan.

Varduhi Hayrumyan made an oral presentation of her master thesis project entitled “Smoking Cessation at 6 to 12 Months after Myocardial Infarction: A Cross-Sectional Study in Armenia” co-authored by Drs. Arusyak Harutyuanyan and Tsovinar Harutyunyan.

Armine Abrahamyan and Varduhi Hayrumyan met with distinguished and leading scientists in the field of tobacco control including colleagues and partners from the Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence (Ms. Katie Kemper, Executive Director of Global Bridges) and Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology.

The AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.