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Confronting the tobacco industry

22 Mar, 12 | by Becky Freeman, Web Editor

Yesterday’s opening plenary at the WCTOH 2012 was simply dynamite – one of the best sessions I have attended. (The only downer being that that the ballroom isn’t big enough to accommodate all conference attendees.) Health ministers from Turkey, Uruguay, Australia and Norway took part in an exciting and inspiring panel discussion on how they are countering tobacco industry litigation and defending essential public health legislation. I got the real sense that tobacco industry legal threats are no longer as intimidating to governments – this will surely have a knock on effect to other countries once these court challenges are successfully resolved.

The plenary chair, WHO head Margaret Chan was passionate and frank (and surprisingly funny too). Delegates were pleasantly surprised at her “all guns blazing” approach. She also pledged that regional WHO staff would be empowered to act and speak as freely on vital tobacco control policy reform.

An interesting challenge was issued at the plenary by Greg Connolly - he believes there is no need for WCTOH after 2030 as this must be our target date of ending the global tobacco epidemic. When countries like Indonesia have yet to join the game, can we really be talking about endgame scenarios in tobacco control? What do you think?

Margaret Chan (centre) with world leaders in tobacco control (photo courtesy of Elif Sezginer Dagli)

The Luther Terry Awards were also presented last night and an extra special shout out of warm congratulations goes to the recipients, all of whom have helped shape this journal over the past 20 years:

Stan Shatenstein (Canada), Mike Daube (Australia), Martin Raw (UK), Yussuf Saloojee (South Africa), Prabhat Jha (Canada) Melanie Wakefield (Australia), Mira Aghi (India)

And now for a few Twitter highlights from yesterday’s sessions:

 

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  • Marita Hefler

    The challenges facing the tobacco control community in
    countries such as Indonesia are undoubtedly extremely daunting. However, just
    as many low and middle income countries have managed to leapfrog ahead with technology
    – many today have comparable mobile phone usage to high income countries, where
    10 years ago many people had no access to a phone  – there is hope that the current holdouts may
    be able to compress their advances into tobacco control into a much shorter
    timeframe than other countries. We have heard some inspiring examples at this
    conference – Turkey for example – and we have seen many countries in recent
    years introduce effective tobacco control policies against heavily pro-smoking norms.

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

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    E becky.freeman@sydney.edu.au | W http://tobacco.health.usyd.edu.au/ Twitter: no_smoking_chik

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

  • Becky Freeman

    I am away attending a conference in Singapore and will only have limited email access. If you need to get in touch with me urgently, you can always txt or call me on: +61-424-684-548. I’ll be back in Sydney on Monday 26 March 2012.
    Cheers, Becky

  • ruthmalone

    I am out of the office until April 3. I will be unable to check email consistently during this time. I will respond to your message as soon as possible or on my return–thanks for your patience.
    Should you need immediate assistance with UCSF matters, please contact Regina Gudelunas, 415-476-9302. If this is a Tobacco Control journal matter, contact journal staff at tobaccocontrol@bmj.com. For our military research projects, contact Libby Smith at libby.smith@ucsf.edu. For other research, contact Patricia McDaniel at patricia.mcdaniel@ucsf.edu.
    If this is concerning Knowland Park, please contact Tom DeBoni: tomdeboni@mac.com
    Best,

    Ruth Malone

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