The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is the premier, international conference on tobacco control. It is held once every 3 years, and attracts thousands of academics, health professionals, non-government organisations and public officials from more than 100 countries.
The 15th WCTOH will be held in Singapore from 20 to 24 March 2012, and aims to establish, engage and support local, regional and international partnerships through the conference programme activities and networking sessions.
The theme “Towards a Tobacco-free World: Planning Globally, Acting Locally” encompasses our vision of a world that is free from the harmful effects of tobacco. Our goal towards a tobacco-free world is hampered by the globalisation of tobacco marketing, trade, research, and industry influence. We, as a global community, must therefore plan at a global scale to counteract the tobacco epidemic. Our theme revolves around the idea that for global plans to be effective, positive and effective action needs to be adapted to the local regional needs of different communities around the world.
The conference is held every 3 years, and attracts thousands of academics, health professionals, non-government organisations and public officials from more than 100 countries. ASH’s Executive Director and Deputy Director for Policy had key speaking positions including one of the plenary sessions along with US Assistant Secretary for Health.