The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 7-9 March 2018. It will unite researchers, academics, non-government organisations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

Convened by the Advisory Board for WCTOH, the Cape Town Consortium and the conference secretariat, The Union, the WCTOH is a call for a collective resolution to fight tobacco by working together and integrating tobacco control into our health and development goals. Held once every three years, the WCTOH is the premier, international conference on tobacco control.

The conference will meet under the theme of Uniting the World for a Tobacco-Free Generation, recognising that tobacco control is a global issue, crossing all geographic boundaries. This has been realised through the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which stands as the backdrop for the conference and for our global response as the only internationally, legally-binding health treaty of the 21st century. Only by coming together will we truly be able to be tobacco-free.

The conference format will include plenary speakers, symposia, posters, workshops and post-graduate courses on the many aspects of the tobacco epidemic and will highlight the efforts being made to control it through the WHO FCTC and MPOWER.

Abstracts and session submissions will open in April.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018.


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