I hope all is well. My name is Shane Breslin and I’m part of the Irish Cancer Society web team. I hope you don’t mind the unsolicited email but we’d love for you, as a respected Irish blogger and someone who has blogged about tobacco in the recent past, to be part of our first ever Google+ Hangout On Air on Thursday.
This is a big week for the Irish Cancer Society. On Friday and Saturday we host our National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, our largest ever conference with more than 800 cancer survivors and healthcare professionals coming to the Aviva Stadium.
But before that – and this is the bit that will hopefully involve you – on Thursday the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation will jointly present new research showing how cigarette branding makes smoking more appealing to teens, and we thought you might be interested in taking part.
Minister for Health Dr James Reilly announced earlier this year that Ireland would become the second country after Australia to adopt standardised packaging, which is also known as plain or generic packaging. This means that there will be no branding, fancy colouring or attractive cigarette pack designs any more.
Our new research, which was carried out with 15-16-year-olds around Ireland, shows that standardised packaging would make them less likely to smoke.
The research studies:
- · Teen smoking attitudes and behaviours;
- · The role of branded cigarette packaging;
- · Reactions to “plain packaging”.
The research is being launched in Dublin on Thursday morning and we’d love to invite you to an online briefing at 3.15pm (Irish time) on Thursday afternoon, where we’ll explain a bit more about what it’s about and answer your questions about standardised or “plain” packaging.
If you have any questions about standardised or plain packaging that you’d like to ask, feel free to send them on in advance and we’ll do our best to answer them on Thursday.
Before I finish up, some important housekeeping notes:
- · If you would like to attend, please RSVP before 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday, September 18th)
- · You’ll need to be signed into a Google account to access the Hangout On Air. This usually means a Gmail or YouTube account. Please let me know the email address you use to access any Google product.
- · You won’t need a webcam. While many Google+ Hangouts On Air take the form of video conferences, this one will be a webinar, with a presentation and text-chat communication.
- · Places in the Hangout are limited – as with all Google+ Hangouts On Air, the participant numbers are limited to 10, so please RSVP before 4pm on Wednesday if you’d like to be one of the attendees.
- · If you can’t make it on the day, or you don’t make it into the first 10, you can watch the webinar live on our YouTube channel at 3.15pm on Thursday, or watch it in its entirety on YouTube anytime from Thursday evening on.
- · Find out more about Google+ Hangouts On Air here.
- · This link, about Google+ Hangouts, should also give you some valuable information about system requirements – if you have an up to date computer, with a decent broadband connection and an up to date browser (we recommend Chrome) then you should be fine.
- · And finally, we look forward to welcoming you to this first ever Irish Cancer Society Hangout On Air!
Shane Breslin | Online Content Lead Irish Cancer Society | 43/45 Northumberland Rd, Dublin 4 T: +353 1 2316 654 | Fax: + 353 1 2310 555 E: email@example.com W: http://www.cancer.ie National Cancer Helpline Freefone 1800 200 700 Registered in Dublin no. 20868 CHY 5863
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