On 31 May 2022, to celebrate the World No Tobacco Day, CoEHAR, the Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction of the University of Catania, will host the first National Conference on Tobacco Harm Reduction “Risks and benefits of Combustion free products".

On 31 May 2022, to celebrate the World No Tobacco Day, CoEHAR, the Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction of the University of Catania, will host the first National Conference on Tobacco Harm Reduction “Risks and benefits of Combustion free products”.

The conference, organized in collaboration with LIAF, the Italian Anti-Smoking League, will be held from 9am to 16.30pm in the Aula Magna of Palazzo Centrale of the University, Piazza Università, Catania.

The aim of the conference is to put the spotlight on the scientific and academic debate regarding all the scientific researches published in the field of tobacco harm reduction, in order to create a single document that will become an authoritative reference for the definition of effective public health policies to help smokers from all over the World to quit smoking once and for all.

Prof. Riccardo Polosa, founder of CoEHAR, considered the most productive author in the World in the field of tobacco harm reduction research, will coordinated the day.

Some of the most important Italian experts in the field will attend the event. Special guest Hiroya Kumamaru, deputy director of AOI International Hospital in Kawasaki who will discuss the incredible decrease in the number of smokers in Japan after the country opened its door to combustion free products.

To register for the conference, please send an email to cr.coehar@unict.it or valeria.nicolosi@coehar.it.

Thanks to the partnership with LIAF, the first 50 participants of the conference will have the opportunity to attend for free one of the FAD courses on smoking cessation (50 ECM) for doctors and health professionals.

Info-email: info@liaf-onlus.org

The program

31 May 2022- from 9am to 16.30pm

Aula Magna – Palazzo dell’Università | Piazza Università – Catania

CoEHAR National Conference on tobacco harm reduction: Risks and benefits of combustion free products

9am • Institutional Greetings

Francesco Priolo, Rector of the University of Catania

Ruggero Razza, Councilor for Health of Sicily 

Riccardo Polosa, CoEHAR Founder

Giovanni Li Volti, CoEHAR Director

Francesco Purrello, Medclin Department Director

Ignazio La Mantia, President of the Order of Physicians and Surgeons and Dentists of Catania

Pippo Arcidiacono, Councilor for Health of the City of Catania

Sara Pettinato, President of the Health Commission of the City of Catania

Ore 9.30• International speakers

Discussant: Riccardo Polosa
Speaker: Hiroya Kumamaru, vice director of AOI International Hospital in Kawasaki, Japan “Japanese Experience Tobacco Harm Reduction with Heated Tobacco Products”

09.45am • Science sessions on Harm Reduction

Moderator: Irma D’Aria, scientific journalist (Medikeatv)

Giovanni Li Volti, University of Catania – “Electronic nicotine delivery systems exhibits a reduced toxicity of bronchial epithelial cells compared to conventional cigarettes: the Replica project”

Gualberto Gussoni, “Centro Studi” FADOI – “Health outcomes in COPD smokers using heated tobacco products”

Pasquale Caponnetto, University of Catania – “Comparative study of efficacy, tolerability and acceptability of heated tobacco products vs electronic cigarette: the CEASEFIRE project”

Maria Signorelli, University of Catania – “Study of a nicotine-intensive e-cigarette intervention to quit smoking in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders”

Jolanda Palmisani, University of Bari – “Cigarettes, e-cig and heated tobacco: how to remodel the prevention?”

Roberto Carnevale, University of Rome, “La Sapienza” – “Smoking and atherosclerosis: are low risk products the right alternative to traditional cigarettes?”

Piero Portincasa, University of Bari – “Environmental factors and individual vulnerability. A syndemic point of view 2020-22”

Salvatore Ferlito, University of Catania – “Impact of the exclusive use of electronic cigarettes on mucus-ciliary clearance”

12.00pm • Italian Associations sessions

Moderator: Stefano Caliciuri, “SigMagazine” Director 

Ezio Campagna, President of LIAF Italian Anti-Smoking League

Umberto Roccatti, President of ANAFE – Associazione nazionale produttori di fumo elettronico

Carmine Canino, President of ANPVU-Associazione Nazionale Consumatori e-cig

Mosè Giacomello, President of Vapitaly

Antonella Panuzzo, President of Uniecig – Unione Nazionale Esercenti Italiani Ecig

Alberto Baldazzi, Deputy Director of Eurispes

13.00pm • Lunch

14.00pm• Science sessions on Harm Reduction (second parte) 

Moderator: Irma D’Aria, scientific journalist (Medikeatv) 

Emmanuele Jannini, University of Rome, “Tor Vergata” – “Harm reduction strategies in applied to medicine of sexuality”

Aldo E. Calogero, University of Catania – “Smoking and Diabetes: Dangerous Liaisons and Confused Relationships”

Venera Tomaselli, University of Catania – “Impact of smoking on SARS-CoV2 infection: Troina Study project”

Pietro Ferrara, University “Statale” of Milan – “The effect of smoking on the humoral response to COVID vaccines”

Ernesto De Bernardis, Manager SerT Lentini – “An alleged role of the virus in smoking resistance to COVID-19”

Maria Luisa Brandi, University of Florence– “Effects of Smoking and Vaping on Bone Health”

Stefano Pagano e Guido Lombardo, University of Perugia – “Iqos, cytotoxicity, morphological and cell cycle analysis: an in vitro study”

Mario Barbagallo, University of Palermo, member of Consiglio Superiore di Sanità – “Smoking habits in the elderly”

Mario Allegra, University of Palermo – “Eryptosis induced by smoke extracts: a comparison between traditional cigarette, electronic cigarette and iQOS”

16.00pm • Conclusions by Riccardo Polosa


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