Ensuring a transparent, inclusive, civilian and scientific-oriented World Tobacco Control Conference – statement from Taiwanese delegates

Editors note: The joint statement below is from delegates from Taiwan who were excluded from the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7-9 March. Comment was sought from the conference secretariat; the full list of questions put to them, and their response, are at the end of […]

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A New Front – and a New Ally – in the Tobacco Wars

Submitted by: Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network, Action on Smoking and Health (US) and Unfairtobacco The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health concluded in South Africa on March 9th by adopting the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World. The Declaration, proposed by the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network, […]

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Reports, interviews and photos from #WCTOH2018 Uniting the World for a Smoke Free Generation

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7-9 March 2018. It was a landmark event in tobacco control; the first time the conference has been held on the African continent – where the tobacco industry is aggressively expanding new markets – and the first to have […]

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Taiwanese anti-tobacco delegates blocked from joining the 17th WCTOH due to political interference from the WHO

  Update: a new statement from Taiwanese delegates and statement from the WCTOH secretariat can be viewed here  Corresponding author: Wayne Gao, Taipei Medical University Editor’s note: Comment was sought from the conference secretariat but none was received. We, registered NGO delegates from Taiwan to the 17th WCTOH in Cape Town, South Africa, were blocked […]

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The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Not exactly “World”

Wasim Maziak Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, Florida Two years ago, I was invited to serve on the scientific committee for the 16th World Conference for Tobacco or Health (WCTOH). I was particularly happy to serve, since this was the first time such an important event was […]

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World Conference on Tobacco or Health: keeping the focus on the tobacco industry

  Anna Nicholson, Menzies School of Health Research Follow Anna on Twitter @annaknicholson The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) was held in Abu Dhabi from March 17-21 2015, the first time it has been held in the Middle East. While this did not come without challenges (approximately 60 delegates, the majority from […]

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16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: regional delegates refused visas

Simon Chapman, University of Sydney (Editor update: at the time of this post being published, we were able to confirm 38 delegates had been refused visas. The organisers subsequently issued a statement with an estimate that approximately 60 delegates were refused visas. To read the statement click here.)  Every three years, the world tobacco control community convenes for a […]

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