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Eligibility

Affiliations with the tobacco industry[1] including the Foundation for a Smoke-free World will make an individual ineligible to attend or present at the conference.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Individuals wishing to attend either the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control or the 18th World Conference on Tobacco Control should declare past or present affiliations with any entity in the tobacco1, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS)[2], or pharmaceutical industry, including:

(a) any manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer of the industries mentioned above

(b) any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary of any manufacturer, distributor, importer, retailer of the industries mentioned above

(c) front group or any individual or entity, such as, but not limited to an interest group, think tank, advocacy organisation, lawyer, law firm, scientist, lobbyist, advertising agency, business, or foundation, that represents, receives funding from, or works to promote the interests of the industries mentioned above. Note that the Foundation for a Smoke-free World is considered a front group of the tobacco industry.

 

[1] According to the key principles of the global tobacco control treaty, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the provisions of FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines, there is an irreconcilable conflict of interest between the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry and those of public health.  Accordingly, the tobacco industry is defined to include any tobacco or tobacco product manufacturer, distributor, importer, or retailer, any parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary of a tobacco manufacturer, distributor, importer, retailer, or front group or any individual or entity, such as an interest group, think tank, advocacy organization, lawyer, law firm, scientist, lobbyist, advertising agency, business, or foundation, that represents, receives funding from, or works to promote tobacco products, their sale or to limit their regulation.

[2] According to the definition in FCTC_COP_7_11, ENDS/ENNDS are products that “heat a solution (e-liquid) to create an aerosol which frequently contains flavourants, usually dissolved into Propylene Glycol or/and Glycerin. All ENDS (but not ENNDS) contain nicotine. Although generally considered a single product class, these products constitute a diverse group with potentially significant differences in the production of toxicants and delivery of nicotine. There are several coexisting types of devices on the market: first-generation or so-called cigarlike, second-generation tank systems and even larger third-generation or personal vaporizers. Others classify these devices into closed and open systems depending mainly on the degree of control that users have over the e-liquid used and the voltage and resistance applied to heating the e-liquid and ventilation features.”

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