A/Professor Coral Gartner (UQ School of Public Health)


Smoking tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of premature morbidity and mortality globally, and in Australia. Tobacco cigarettes are the most harmful way to use nicotine, killing half to two thirds of long-term users. The fact that such a deadly consumer product has been allowed to stay on the market is a historical anomaly. Yet tobacco cigarettes are still allowed to be sold in general retail outlets, are exempt from drugs and poisons regulations and are subject to minimal product standards, while lower risk nicotine products are either banned from sale or must comply with strict medicinal regulations. Is it sensible for this situation to continue, or should the Australian Government develop a strategy to bring about an end to general retailing of cigarettes? This seminar will discuss several regulatory options that have been proposed for ending the cigarette epidemic.

Speaker Bio

Coral GartnerAssociate Professor Coral Gartner has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology. She has held two NHMRC research fellowships and is a chief investigator on several NHMRC and ARC grants. She leads the Nicotine and Tobacco Regulatory Science Research Group in UQ’s School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, were she is also the Program Convenor for the Master of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research has focussed on tobacco control policy and interventions to reduce tobacco-related harms since 2006.

About Seminar Series

The School of Pharmacy Seminar Series involves regular formal presentations of high-quality scholarly work with broad appeal.

The wider School community is invited to attend, including academic and professional staff, special guests, visitors, as well as HDR, postgraduate, masters and honours students.

Seminars are held on Fridays from 12pm–1pm in room 5034 in the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St Woolloongabba (next to TRI and the PA Hospital).

Confirmed 2021 seminars

Date Presenter
12-1pm, Friday 19 March
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Professor Paul Clarke, Director Diamantina Institute        
12-1pm, Friday 16 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Francine Marques, Monash University     
12-1pm, Friday 23 April
(Zoom only)
Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri, Sydney University 
12-1pm, Friday 7 May
(Zoom only)
Dr Laurence Cheung, Curtin University
12-1pm, Friday 30 July
(location TBC)
Dr Gary Chan, UQ CYSUR
12-1pm, Friday 13 August
(Zoom only)
Professor Sanjay Garg, University of South Australia
12-1pm, Friday 3 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)
Associate Professor Michael Barras, UQ Pharmacy
12-1pm 10 September
(Online via Zoom)

Professor Josephine Forbes, Mater Research


12-1pm, Friday 17 September
(PACE R5034 and Zoom)

Professor Nigel McMillan, Program Director: Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Griffith University

12-1pm, Friday 24 September
(Location TBC)
Denuja Karunakaran, IMB Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ


Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall St, Woolloongabba