Frequently Asked Questions about the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control and the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
Following the rapidly developing situation and uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advisory Board of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) decided to postpone the 18th WCTOH.
We are aware that this delay creates a gap between global events addressing the combat against tobacco epidemic and a lack of response to the increased industry interference, especially amid the pandemic. For this reason, the Advisory Board decided to organise a Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control. This Summit will pave the way to the Conference, strengthen the link between tobacco control community and other communities, and keep tobacco control on the global health agenda.
We are hopeful that global circumstances will be more favourable, nevertheless, we will continue to monitor the situation and the potential impact on the conference.
The Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control is a virtual event for global, national, and sub-national leaders to exchange and share the latest developments and best practices on the most important challenges and opportunities for the tobacco control community. The summit is hosted by the 18th WCTOH.
The Summit will take place in 2021.
The Summit will gather world-leading experts from diverse backgrounds (global health, human rights, governmental, economic, and environmental) to share the latest developments and best practices on the most important challenges and opportunities for the tobacco control community. The sessions format will be interactive with opportunities to ask questions and make connections.
Anyone interested in attending the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control can register through this website.
A limited number of scholarships will be granted to participants from affected communities or community volunteers. Individuals from low and lower-middle income countries will be given priority.
WCTOH is committed to organising events that endeavour to be accessible to all our community. Registered participants will need access to a reliable internet connection, similar to the internet access needed to watch YouTube, to ensure the best experience of our dedicated conference platform.
Yes, the summit will have limited opportunities for satellite symposia and sponsored sessions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are a range of compelling and impactful sponsorship options that provide powerful ways for your organisation to connect with the tobacco control community. The Summit will offer a dedicated sponsors and partners area, social media visibility, dedicated brand placement and much more.
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Yes, the Conference will be held and the date will be announced in due time. We will continue to monitor the situation and the potential impact and update this website accordingly.
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The term webinar is short for web-based seminar. It consists of a moderator, one or more presenters, and the online audience. Participants can attend the online presentation shown on their computers from any location without having to move.
Go to our “Webinars” dedicated section and click on “Register for the webinar”. You will be directed to the webinar registration page. Fill the form and click on “Register”. You will receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the webinar.
Please note the webinar registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. No registration will be possible after that deadline.
WCTOH Secretariat is seeking conflict information in the interests of transparency but will exclude any registrant with recent or current ties with any tobacco entity including the Foundation for a Smoke-free World.
A conflict related to non-tobacco interests relevant to this activity, including ENDS/ENNDS and pharmaceutical industry, does not mean an immediate exclusion from the webinar. The list of identified registrants with conflict will be reviewed before any registration cancellation.
However, those with recent or current ties with any tobacco entity, including the Foundation for a Smoke-free World, will be excluded from the webinar.
The link to join is unique to you and should not be shared with anyone else. Attendees wishing to join the webinar should register individually on the webinar registration page.
Registrants can cancel their webinar registration at any time by going to the “Cancel your registration” link on the bottom of the confirmation email received.
The 18th WCTOH webinar series is open-access and therefore presented at no cost.
At the time of the webinar, click the join link in the confirmation email you received. You will then be automatically launched into session.If you arrive before the organiser, you’ll see a window confirming that you successfully connected. Once the organiser arrives the webinar will begin.
You can join from a computer or smartphone device.
WCTOH is committed to organising events that endeavour to be accessible to all our community. Participants will need access to a reliable internet connection, similar to the internet access needed to watch YouTube; a computer or smartphone device, and speakers or headsets.
All of our past webinar recordings are available on the Webinars dedicated section or The Union and WCTOH YouTube channels. Recordings are added as soon as possible after a webinar has taken place.
After the webinar, you will receive an email asking you to complete a very short online survey. This helps us evaluate the quality of WCTOH webinars and it is also an opportunity for participants to give feedback on what they did (and didn’t) like so we can improve our sessions.
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Registration includes the Summit attendance and unlimited access to all content produced for the Summit. The registration fee will allow live participation in sessions and Q&As, access to all slides, access to partners areas and on-demand recordings of all sessions.
The registration fees are now available on our dedicated registration page.
Reduced rates are available for students or young professionals, nurses and low- and middle-income country residents.
Low and lower middle-income registrants will have the opportunity to apply for a sponsored registration. The registrant will be asked to write a 300 words motivation letter explaining how the work in the tobacco control field will contribute to ending tobacco epidemic.
Applicants who are not accepted for a sponsored registration will still be able to pay their registration with the same profile and benefit from the early registration fee.
Transparency is a condition of participation at the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control. Each registrant will be asked to complete a mandatory “conflict of interest” clause before finalising their registration.
The WCTOH Secretariat will carefully review each registration and in case of information discrepancy, the Secretariat reserves the right to approve or reject a registration without any obligation for organisers.
The country list available on the registration platform only includes the WHO 194 recognised Member States. Only participants from the listed countries will be able to attend to Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control.
All registrations must be accompanied by the necessary payment in Euros. Registration will be confirmed only upon receipt of payment. Payment is accepted by debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).
Please note that payments through bank transfer will only be accepted until 14 days prior to the Summit start date. Bank transfer fees are the responsibility of the registrant.
Delegates are able to cancel their registration and receive a refund. However, a management fee of 25 EUR will apply. Knowing that this event is fully virtual and that all the content will be available on demand, our policy stipulates that no registration cancellation or refunds will be possible up to 8 weeks prior to the event start date.
Refunds payments will be processed only after the Summit end date.
Please note that in case your registration is cancelled as a result of “conflict of interest”, the WCTOH Secretariat reserves the right to define whether a refund is applicable or not.
Name changes are possible before the payment is settled and the registration is fully confirmed. The “Conflict of Interest” form will need to be re-completed by the new registered person.
Following the Summit postponement, individuals who settled their registration fee before Tuesday, 30 March will be able to request a name change, applicable only once. Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme will be available online, the date will be announced in due time.
Unfortunately, no, the Leadership Summit on Tobacco Control programme is not abstract-driven. The programme is entirely prepared by the WCTOH Scientific Committee.
The Summit is a two-day virtual event. On each day an exciting programme of 5 hours will be broadcasted live. The session formats will include plenaries and group presentations. During each session, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists during the live Question & Answers (Q&A) segments.
The programme will address various aspects of the following topics:
Presentations will be made available on-demand within 24 hours. All presentations from the summit will be available on the online platform.
The Summit will be broadcast live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with fellow attendees. All sessions will be recorded and made available on-demand within 24 hours. However, participants must register before the summit to access the resources.
The certificates of attendance will be available to all registered participants who will complete the feedback survey after the virtual event.
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