The programme for the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health is available online. The 39 abstract sessions, 45 symposia and plenary sessions present the latest issues in tobacco control. Top experts from around the world will address the toughest challenges in public health today including tobacco industry interference, taxation and new nicotine products through innovative session formats.
WCTOH is in Africa for the first time, where tobacco industry interference is endemic. Countering tobacco industry interference in development and implementation of tobacco control policy is a challenge faced by all countries working to reduce tobacco use. Session on this issue include: Towards a Global Index to Measure Tobacco Industry Interference. Tracking and assessing industry tactics around the globe will help develop a coordinated and effective strategy to prevent tobacco companies obstructing and delaying public health policy. Global efforts to monitor tobacco industry interference will be covered in this symposium, featuring presentations from Anna Gilmore, Gary Fooks and Mary Assunta. It will conclude with a discussion on how to support industry monitoring, and whether an index for assessing levels of interference is feasible.