Evidence-based policy making, politics & society: The case of Tobacco Harm Reduction

September 14, 2022

Panel Discussion
Wednesday 17:30 - 18:30

Evidence-based policy making, politics & society: The case of Tobacco Harm Reduction

In theory, policies are based on facts and values, but they also must take into consideration governance, culture, pre-existing frameworks etc. Regarding scientific issues, successful engagement in “evidence-based policymaking” requires pragmatism that must be combined with data and persuasion to translate complex scientific evidence into simple stories. How does this work at the level of European Union? To maximize the use of scientific evidence in health and public health policy making, what is important for researchers to do? How should scientists act when they defend the creation of a policy? How does this apply to Tobacco Harm Reduction? Is there a tendency of policymakers to base judgements on their familiarity or knowledge or conceptions with the issue? There is a need for long-term strategies. What is the balance when “policies” are in the making? Are policies value-driven or evidence-based driven? What is “compelling evidence” for politicians? The panel engaged in this discussion will attempt to showcase the spectrum of many nuances involved.

Moderator: Natassa Spagadorou – Greece


  • Maria Spyraki – Greece
  • Zoi-Dorothea Pana – Cyprus
  • Andrzej Fal – Poland
  • Giuseppe Biondi Zoccai – Italy




Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), Greece - Nea Demokratia


MD, MSc, PhD
Lecturer, Pediatrics, Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Control and Prevention, School of Medicine, European University of Cyprus


Prof. h.c., MD, PhD, MBA, FAAAAI
President, Polish Society of Public Health; Head, Department of Allergy, Lung Diseases & Internal Medicine, Central Clinical Hospital, Ministry of Interior; Director, Institute of Medical Science, UKSW


Associate Professor in Cardiology
Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome