ERS | monograph Guest Editors Sofia Belo Ravara Sofia Belo Ravara is Consultant of Pulmonology and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the University Hospital/University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. She is also associate researcher at the National School of Public Health, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal. Her research interests are the prevention and control of respiratory diseases, lifestyle medicine and medical education. Her work as a respiratory physician in major hospitals has given her an understanding of how tobacco harms the population’s health. She holds a masters degree in tobacco control (University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain) and has worked in hospital-based smoking-cessation clinics, workplace cessation programmes, hospital smoke-free networks and health professional training. As a consequence, she was naturally grounded in health policy and advocacy, and works passionately in these fields. Sofia Belo Ravara collaborates with several medical scientific societies and tobacco control non-governmental organisations and networks across Europe. To date, she has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and 17 book chapters, supervised 25 masters dissertations, and participated in research projects submitted to the Portuguese Government, the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry. Sofia Belo Ravara has been a European Respiratory Society (ERS) officer and a member of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee (2012–2020). She has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting countries to strengthen health systems in tobacco-dependence treatment and gender policies. She is: a member of the National Committee on Health Literacy, Portuguese Directorate of Health a board member of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT) Europe and an editorial board member of Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, the Journal of Substance Use and Preventión del Tabaquismo. Copyright ©ERS 2021. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-127-6. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-128-3. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098. vii
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