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For the conference’s last session, participants were divided into small groups designed to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation. The groups were asked to identify the most crucial areas for research and programme intervention. They were also asked to offer ideas about the process of conducting research and translating research into policy. And we encouraged the groups to offer their wildest ideas (called “wild cards”), regardless of current feasibility, that they would love to see become reality. The goal was not to create consensus within the breakout groups or for the conference as a whole, although several consistent themes emerged. The results of this process are listed below under the heading Topics for future consideration.

The teen panelists made a final presentation to the group on their observations and recommendations in various areas; they are included below. We also include a forward looking topic summary from the final day plenary session.

We offer these summaries for interested researchers, policy makers, and tobacco control advocates to consider while framing future research or practice questions.


    1. Areas where research is most needed

    2. Cessation and prevention

      • Long term studies on the effects of cessation and prevention

      • Autonomy as a motivation for cessation

      • How to craft messages to influence cessation?

      • Definitions of contributions of community based programmes as part of prevention

    3. Environmental and indoor air laws

      • Effects of clean indoor air laws on youth smoking

      • Best practices for implementing smoke free laws in youth venues (school, parks, stores)

      • How might indoor air laws interrupt the process of smoking consolidation among young adults?

    4. Internet surveillance

      • Impact of internet marketing themes and advertisements on prevention and cessation

      • Surveillance, monitoring the industry, interventions

      • Relationship between internet sales and prevalence of cigarette dealing

    5. Marketing and media campaigns

      • Tracking and understanding new promotion methods within the tobacco industry

      • What …

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