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TERVAL20 Tobacco Control Policy 3 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, each student should know:

1)the general trends in worldwide tobacco use and outcomes
2)interrelationships in the epidemiologic triad (agent?host?environment connected by the vector)
3)strategies used by the tobacco industry in subverting government regulations
4)successful approaches in reducing consumer?s demand for tobacco products
5)use of litigation in lieu of federal policy (i.e. U.S. example)
6)concept of tobacco harm reduction (e.g., Swedish snus, electronic cigarettes)
7)tobacco endgame strategies highlighted by Finland?s 2030 tobacco?free initiative
8)the role of various groups vested in the control and promotion of tobacco products (refer to group project)

General description

This course is intended for students to think critically about the challenges that governments encounter in regulating tobacco products that generate tax revenue, but incur medical costs for treating chronic illness. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective with a strong emphasis on the role that public health science has played in shaping tobacco control policy. The course examines the supply and demand for tobacco from the perspectives of the industry and consumer, respectively. As such, the focal point is the epidemiologic triad connecting the agent (tobacco product), host (tobacco user), and environment (e.g., tobacco marketing) to the vector (tobacco industry).Contemporary topics include tobacco harm reduction and tobacco endgame strategies. The course culminates in a group project illustrating the role of various parties involved in the production of tobacco, distribution, marketing, policymaking, regulation, litigation, public health and advocacy.

Enrolment for University Studies

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David Timberlake, Teacher responsible
Arja Rimpelä, Teacher


22-Mar-2018 – 4-May-2018
Lectures and group work in Arvo building
Thu 22-Mar-2018 at 9-11, F211AB
Tue 27-Mar-2018 at 14-16, F211AB
Wed 4-Apr-2018 at 9-11, F211AB
Fri 6-Apr-2018 at 10-12, F211AB
Fri 13-Apr-2018 at 10-12, F212
Tue 17-Apr-2018 at 14-16, F212
Thu 19-Apr-2018 at 14-16, A308
Wed 25-Apr-2018 at 14-16, A308
Closing session
Mon 14-May-2018 at 10-12, F212



Evaluation criteria

Pass/fail based on final exam (50%) and group project (50%).

Study materials

Course readings will consist of journal articles from Tobacco Control.

Further information

The course teacher is UTA Visiting Professor David Timberlake.