Conference Embargo Policy

In the case of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, as with most scientific/medical conferences, all conference abstracts are released to delegates and media under a strict embargo policy. All delegates, presenters and media are asked to respect this policy.

All oral abstracts and relevant poster abstracts are embargoed until the time and date of the start of the session in which they are delivered, or during a press conference, whichever comes first.

All e-poster abstracts are embargoed until 18:15 South Africa Standard Time (SAST), Thursday, 8 March 2018.

Embargo Breaks for Media Reporters

As well as having access to the materials detailed above, the media is also given prior access to the speakers' slides. However access is only granted to media onsite at the conference, and the same embargo rules apply -- meaning the information in speaker slides cannot be referenced or published before the start of the presentation.

Breaking of the embargo policy by a reporter will lead to one or more of the following measures:

  • Immediate suspension of the reporter's media conference credentials
  • Immediate barring of the reporter from the meeting premises
  • Removal of the reporter's name from WCTOH Media Distribution List for two years
  • No access to the next WCTOH Conference

Any breaches in the embargo by media will be brought to the attention of the Media Embargo Committee. If you have questions, please contact the WCTOH communications team at


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