Tobacco (25) Launch of WHO Policy Briefs: Responding to Alcohol Consumption and Tobacco Use During COVID-19, 8th March 2023

28 February, 2023

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I am forwarding below an invitation from WHO and the O'Neill Institute Center for Transformational Health Law. I would like to invite HIFA volunteers to participate in this 1-hour webinar and share your observations with HIFA afterwards. If there is an opportunity you may also like to invite all other webinar participants to join us on HIFA: This will help bring more voices to the global conversation on tobacco control. If you can help, email me at: Thank you


Please join the Center for Transformational Health Law of the O’Neill Institute for the launch of two WHO Policy Briefs on the policy response to alcohol consumption and tobacco use during the COVID-19 pandemic in the South-East Asia and Africa regions. Throughout the pandemic, there have been changes in alcohol and tobacco consumption, coupled with the increased likelihood of severe COVID-19 infections among consumers. In response, countries have implemented a range of policy approaches affecting the acceptability, availability, and affordability of alcohol and tobacco to address these changes.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time: 7:30 - 8:30 AM EST | 1:30 - 2:30 PM CET | 6:00 - 7:00 PM IST | 2:30 - 3:30 PM CAT

This virtual event will explore the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for tobacco and alcohol control in the two WHO regions. More importantly, the speakers will discuss guidance for future pandemic events bringing together findings from the two policy briefs.



• Rüdiger Krech, Director, Health Promotion Department, World Health Organization

• Sam Halabi, Co-Director, Center for Transformational Health Law, O’Neill Institute; Professor, Georgetown University School of Health

• Jagdish Kaur, Regional Advisor, Tobacco Free Initiative, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO SEAR)

• Nina Samidi, Program Manager, National Commission for Tobacco Control (NCTC), Indonesia

Moderated by: Kashish Aneja, Lead, Initiatives in Asia, Center for Transformational Heath Law, O’Neill Institute


HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: