PROGRAMME SCIENTIFIC TRACKS

The 18th World Conference on Tobacco or Health theme “Navigating Change: Leading with Impact”, is explored through six scientific tracks. Submitters are invited to choose the most relevant track and sub-track to their abstract. Your track choice will assist in the programme planning but does not impact the selection process.

Track 1: Tobacco control – not a done deal.

Tobacco is not a problem of yesterday. This track will highlight the prevalence of tobacco use, progress and gaps in FCTC implementation and policy impact, and challenges faced on global, regional and local levels.

Sub-tracks:

1.1. Priorities and challenges for the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC);

1.2. Integrating tobacco control into health systems, global frameworks and strategies (e.g. SDGs, human rights and environment);

1.3. Building leadership capacity and broader alliances for tobacco control policy advocacy;

1.4. Implementing sustainable funding mechanisms for tobacco control;

1.5. Tobacco-free ambitions – National plans for low-prevalence futures.

Track 2: Understanding the tobacco industry and stopping its interference in policy making.

This track will address the strategies and activities of the industry in blocking tobacco control policies and global business expansion. Efforts by governments and tobacco control advocates in countering such interference will also be highlighted.

Sub-tracks:

2.1. Systematic tracking of activities of tobacco industry;

2.2. Progress in adoption and implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 policies;

2.3. Countering tobacco industry interference in public health policy making by civil societies and governments;

2.4. Business expansion of the tobacco industry into novel products (including ENDS and HTPs);

2.5. Corporate social responsibility and sponsorship of tobacco industry;

2.6. Criminal and civil liabilities of tobacco industry.

Track 3: Health consequences of the use of tobacco products and tobacco cessation.

This track will focus on the latest research evidence on the health consequences of tobacco and novel tobacco products use; and treatment of tobacco dependence through cessation interventions, and advances, including the use of technology to improve quit rates.

Sub-tracks:

3.1. Monitoring the prevalence of the use of tobacco and novel products;

3.2. Health consequences of the use of tobacco products;

3.3. Health consequences of the use of novel products;

3.4. Tobacco dependence treatment and smoking cessation: innovations in practice and opportunities for scaling.

Track 4: Regulatory science and the implementation of tobacco control measures.

This track will address the regulations of tobacco products including novel products along with experiences in strengthening the enforcement and implementation capacity for tobacco control policies.

Sub-tracks:

4.1. Regulatory models and challenges for tobacco products and novel products (including ENDS and HTPs);

4.2. Enforcement mechanisms for implementing tobacco control policies;

4.3. Social mobilisation and public education to support implementation of tobacco control policies;

4.4. Evaluation of compliance and health and economic impact of tobacco control policies.

Track 5: Policies related to the reduction of demand for tobacco and illicit trade.

This track intends to highlight international, national and subnational experiences in adoption of demand-side tobacco control policies.

Sub-tracks:

5.1. Raising the price and the tax on tobacco products;

5.2. Measures to curb illicit trading of tobacco and to control informal markets;

5.3. Measuring progress in creating smoke-free environments;

5.4. Bans on advertising, promotion, and sponsorship of any tobacco products;

5.5. Innovations in mass media campaigns, including social media;

5.6. Pack warnings, including plain packaging, for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Track 6: Social justice, the under-served and vulnerable populations.

This track will focus on addressing issues and measures as related to populations disadvantageously affected by tobacco use.

Sub-tracks:

6.1. Tobacco and women: The gendered nature of tobacco;

6.2. Tobacco in vulnerable populations (e.g. indigenous populations and minors);

6.3. Tobacco, inequality and poverty;

6.4. Opportunities and experiences in facilitating alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers;

6.5. Youth and child rights policies in tobacco control and advocacy.

 

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