Hallman Lecture: How did Iceland transform rates of adolescent substance use over a 20 year period?

Thursday, February 15, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

The Hallman Lecture Series presents:

Alfgeir Kristjansson.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, West Virginia University School of Public Health
  • Center for Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University

Iceland began ‘upstream’ prevention initiatives in the mid 1990s and to date they have seen massive reductions in the use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco amongst youth – results not seen anywhere else in the world. What are the key elements of their sustained success that could boost upstream prevention efforts in Canada?

Professor Kristjansson is part of a team in Reykjavik that has created and implemented one of the most systematic, multisectoral and effective programs in the world. He will address both the ongoing research project and the details of program implementation.

Graph showing dramatically declining rates of drinking, daily smoking and cannibis use by Icelandic youth 15-16 years old from 1998 to 2016.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Lecture

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Reception

Parking is available in Lot M or N ($6 each), or Lot X ($5). Parking map.


Hallman Lecture Series, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council