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The UK Nicotine and Smoking Cessation conference (UKNSCC) is one of the leading conferences in smoking cessation, conveying the latest clinical, research and policy updates in the field. The conference took place in Manchester on 11 and 12 June and was attended by Doctoral student Sophie Orton from the University of Nottingham.

Sophie was a awarded a CLAHRC travel prize to attend the gathering of over 350 delegates. She presented her paper 'Smoking in the home after childbirth: A qualitative exploration of the experiences and beliefs of women who abstained from smoking for at least part of pregnancy but had relapsed by the early postnatal period’ during a parallel session on the second day of the conference. 


This was great experience for presenting my research findings to a multidisciplinary audience, networking and forging new links with potential future collaborators. My presentation stimulated interesting discussion and questions from the audience, and I exchanged contact details with other delegates working on research on secondhand smoke exposure from other institutions. 

- Sophie Orton

The conference encompassed a range of research; themes included young people, secondary care, commissioning, mental health, pregnancy, and medication. 

For Sophie, highlights of the event were the sessions on smoking cessation in the field of mental health, smoking and electronic cigarette use among young people and smoking in pregnancy. "Overall, attendance and presenting a paper at the UKNSCC conference was a fantastic opportunity, and I would encourage other students to consider applying for travel prizes to attend conferences."

 Conference programme

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