World No Tobacco Day special event

Protecting the environment from the tobacco industry

For World No Tobacco Day 2022, the World Health Organization is raising awareness of the many ways in which tobacco harms our planet. As part of the 75th Anniversary of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences,  the Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change hosted a special World No Tobacco Day event to reflect on these themes.

Moderated by Adjunct Professor Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia, our speakers were:

  • Kate Noble, No Plastics in Nature Policy Manager, WWF Australia
  • Dr Sarah White, Head of Quit
  • Dr Michelle Jongenelis, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change.

Watch the recording below and hear how every stage of the tobacco cycle – from cultivation to consumer waste – is damaging to the environment, and how supposedly ‘cleaner’ products, such as electronic cigarettes, present a new threat.

Given the connectivity issues during Kate Noble’s presentation, we have also uploaded a pre-recorded version of her talk that is glitch-free. We have also uploaded a pre-recorded version of Michelle Jongenelis' talk (this time with the sound on for the campaign videos!)

The speakers have co-authored a commentary piece to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

The Allen et al. (2015) paper that was requested at this webinar can be found on Sage Journals. If you are unable to access the full-text version of this paper, please contact

World No Tobacco Day Webinar - Protecting the environment from the tobacco industry

Pre-recording of Kate Noble’s presentation

Kate Noble is the No Plastics in Nature Policy Manager at WWF Australia. The No Plastics in Nature campaign aims to eliminate the leakage of plastic into nature by 2030, working with a range of stakeholders to reduce plastic consumption and pollution, and increase re-use and recycling in Australia and globally.

Pre-recorded version of Michelle Jongenelis’ presentation

Dr Michelle Jongenelis is an accredited clinical psychologist with expertise in health promotion, cancer prevention, intervention development and evaluation, and behavioural psychology. She works across multiple and diverse health-related behaviours including alcohol and tobacco control, nutrition and physical activity. She sits on both the Australian Council of Smoking and Health and the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ Tobacco Control Working Group.