Abstract and session submissions now open

Online submissions are now open for abstracts and sessions (including symposia and workshops) for the scientific and community programme of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH).

The conference will be held 7-9 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, with the theme Uniting the World for a Tobacco-Free Generation. It will unite researchers, academics, non-governmental organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

Submissions are invited for:

  • Abstracts of original research for oral or poster presentations, which will be reviewed by the International Board of Reviewers.
  • Proposals for symposia and workshops
  • Satellite sessions which will be scheduled outside the core programme hours

Submissions will be accepted until all available time slots are filled, so organisations are encouraged to submit their proposals early.


Online submission of abstracts, symposia and workshop proposals for the programme of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health is open until 21 July 2017

Abstract and session submission guidelines

Please refer to the guidelines before making your submission.

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Please contact the secretariat with any enquiries


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