Abstract Guidelines


The second round of submissions for abstracts and symposia has closed.

General Information

All abstracts must present original research and at least preliminary results; abstracts reporting data pending will not be accepted. Submission implies that the material has not previously been presented or published elsewhere before presentation at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (7-9 March 2018), Cape Town, South Africa.

All abstracts must be submitted online.

Abstracts are placed under embargo until they are presented at the conference.

Programme Tracks

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health theme, ‘Uniting the world for a tobacco-free generation’, is explored through five scientific tracks.

Track 1

The future: views from the mountain (for blue-sky presentations)

Sub tracks:

  • Priorities and challenges for advancing the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)
  • Integrating tobacco control into health systems, global frameworks and strategies to reach WHO FCTC and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.
  • Using data: opportunities and gaps in measuring the WHO FCTC impact on global health and development
  • Setting the research agenda for translating science into policy and new tools for policy impact assessments
  • The end game: pathways to turning vision into reality

Track 2

Tobacco governance, sustainable development and policy advocacy

Sub tracks:

  • Promoting transnational cooperation and partnerships: models of inter-governmental and non-governmental collaboration across multiple sectors for high level commitments
  • International tobacco trade and health diplomacy: understanding the nexus between the two, and domestic/international disputes
  • Building leadership capacity, and broader alliances, for tobacco control policy advocacy
  • Tobacco industry interference: New tactics and counter-measures
  • Implementing sustainable funding mechanisms for tobacco control

Track 3

Demand reduction measures and the regulatory science

Sub tracks:

  • Pricing, taxation and countering illicit trade: innovations and reform strategies
  • Advances in protection from tobacco pollution, second- and third-hand smoke
  • Mind the gaps: loopholes in the ban on sponsorship, advertising and promotion
  • Innovations in media educational campaigns, and health warning labels on cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Opportunities for regulating the content of tobacco products and emissions, to reduce harm and addiction potential

Track 4

Tobacco products, prevalence, health and cessation studies

Sub tracks:

  • Prevalence of the use of tobacco and nicotine-related products: traditional and novel products
  • Burden and disparities in tobacco-related diseases: non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and communicable diseases (TB and HIV/AIDS)
  • New tools for monitoring policy impact and surveillance of tobacco use
  • Tobacco dependence treatment and smoking cessation: innovations in practice and opportunities for scaling

Track 5

Social justice, the underserved and vulnerable populations

Sub tracks:

  • Tobacco and women: the gendered nature of tobacco
  • Tobacco in vulnerable populations (e.g. indigenous populations)
  • Tobacco, inequality and poverty
  • Tobacco farming: opportunities and experiences in facilitating alternative livelihoods and preventing tobacco adverse environmental impact
  • Youth tobacco experience

Abstract Categories

Two categories of abstracts will be considered for WCTOH. The abstracts must present at least preliminary results; abstracts reporting data pending will not be accepted. We discourage multiple abstracts from the same study/setting unless the results are truly unique for each submission, with no overlaps.

Category 1: Scientific research

This category is for reporting scientific and public health evaluations as well as operational research. Abstracts in Category 1 should be organised as follows:

  • Background: State the study objectives, study question or describe the challenge addressed by the research
  • Design/Methods: State the setting, methods, desired outcomes, procedures and techniques used to collect and analyse information. Include a description and breakdown of participants, procedures, measures and appropriate statistical analyses
  • Results: Present specific findings to date
  • Conclusions: Describe the implications of the results presented, and summarise key recommendations. Explain specific findings on how the research addressed the study, question or challenge

Category 2: Public health practice

This category is for reporting experiences in overcoming policy or programme barriers and demonstrating best practices in implementing effective prevention and control programming. This includes identification of service delivery issues and the presentation of evidence-based practices that programmes have adopted. Abstracts in Category 2 should be organised as follows:

  • Background and challenges to implementation: Identify the context and the specific challenges to programme implementation. Describe the activity, programme or policy by which the issue was addressed. Describe target populations, geographic sites/locations and scale and type of activity or service.
  • Intervention or response: How was the challenge overcome? Detail the methods, activities and implementation steps used to overcome the challenge. Describe the methods, procedures and techniques used to collect and analyse information that informed your conclusions. Identify the course of action used to address programme implementation issues.
  • Results and lessons learnt: Describe the results and impact of the project. Explain the potential application or benefit to other programmes. Define what worked, what did not work and the evidence that led to this determination.
  • Conclusions: Describe the public health practice implications of the results and summarise key recommendations. Highlight opportunities for future programme practice and implications for other programmes or settings.

Information for authors

  • All abstracts must be submitted online. Abstracts submitted by e-mail will not be considered
  • Please do not submit an abstract if none of the authors plan to attend the conference to present it, if it is accepted
  • Please note that you will need to create an account and register as a user on this site before submitting an abstract if you are a first-time user of the submission platform
  • The corresponding author is responsible for the abstract content. S/he is the contact person for submission and communication purposes and is also responsible for disseminating information related to the abstract to the co-authors
  • A listed co-author other than the corresponding author may register and present the study at the conference
  • A confirmation email will be sent to all authors

Text of the abstract

  • The abstract text should not exceed 300 words. Abstracts of more than 300 words will be truncated
  • Type the title of the abstract in upper and lower case, using capitals only for the first word, acronyms and proper nouns. Titles of more than 25 words (110 characters and spaces) will be truncated
  • Abstracts can be submitted in English. However, please note that if accepted, your abstract will be presented at an international conference, where the language common to most delegates is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided
  • Use the palette of characters provided to insert symbols, accents and special formatting (e.g., italics, bold, β, μ, etc.)
  • Authors are responsible for proofreading and submitting an abstract without errors, as they will be reproduced in the form they were submitted
  • All accepted abstracts will be included in the Abstract Book, available online for download from the website after the conference
  • Abbreviations and acronyms must be written out in full at the first mention in the text
  • The maximum number of authors and institutions is eight
  • If all authors belong to a single institution, you do not need to create new affiliations for each author. Click on “Institutes” to fill in the affiliation fields
  • To submit a new abstract, click on "Create" under “My Abstracts”
  • Please ensure that you carefully read all instructions given on the screen at each step of the process

Figures or tables

  • Authors may submit one table or one figure per abstract. If more than one table or figure are submitted, one of them will be deleted
  • If you wish to submit a table with your abstract, click on “tables” on the top right to create a table. Tables should be no larger than five rows x 10 columns
  • If you wish to submit a figure with your abstract, click on “Graphs/Images”. The maximum file size of each graph is 5 MB. The maximum pixel size of the graph is 600(w) x 800(h). You may upload graphs in JPG, GIF or PNG format
  • Recommended resolution: min. 150 dpi, 300 dpi for images, 600 dpi for line art (charts)
  • Important: the graphic content must be clearly legible when previewing the abstract
  • Low-resolution images will not be included in the Abstract Book
  • Please do not upload the text of your abstract as an attachment. Abstracts submitted as attachments will not be considered.
  • Please note that tables and figures are reproduced in a single column with the abstract and that legibility is the responsibility of the author. We recommend that you use a sans serif (Arial or Calibri) font for clarity.


The corresponding author will receive an e-mail confirming that the submitted abstract has been received. After submission, the authors will be able to export a copy of the submitted abstract. After the abstract, has been submitted, you can still go back and edit it. However, please make sure that you submit it again before the deadline. An abstract should be submitted only once: resubmission is not permitted.

Please refrain from submitting multiple abstracts on the same topic by varying the authors or under different titles with only minor word changes. In such cases, all the submissions on that topic will be automatically rejected.

Submit abstracts

Submissions are closed.

Review of abstracts

All submitted abstracts will be sent for peer review by a panel of international experts in the fields of Tobacco control. Each abstract will be reviewed and scored by at least three reviewers. The scores will then be submitted to the members of the Scientific Committee, who will determine which abstracts are acceptable and whether they are best suited for oral or poster sessions.

Notification to authors

  • If your abstract has been allocated to a specific session, please note that it will not be possible to change the date, time or type of session.
  • Abstracts that are not accepted cannot be reconsidered for review or presentation at the conference.