WCTOH 2018 Update: High-Level Participants to attend the 17th WCTOH

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The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) has announced that Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Michael R. Bloomberg are set to participate in WCTOH to be hosted in Cape Town between the 7th and 9th of March, 2018. The Union’s publication on this announcement is given below. Click here to access the original file.

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will welcome WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, South Africa Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Michael R. Bloomberg, a leading actor on tobacco control and WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.

“This conference is being held at a critical time, both in the war on tobacco and the drive to protect public health,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Countries have stepped up action to beat back the tobacco epidemic. But more is needed. By embracing the Sustainable Development Goals, governments have committed to promoting healthier and stronger futures for their citizens. Tobacco control offers one of the surest ways to achieve such ambitions.”

Michael Bloomberg will preside over the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Awards for Global Tobacco Control during WCTOH. The awards recognise leading organisations in low- and middle-income countries doing best in class work on the most effective tobacco control policies, collectively known as MPOWER measures:

  • Monitoring of tobacco use and prevention policies
  • Protecting people from tobacco smoke
  • Offering help to quit tobacco use
  • Warning about the dangers of tobacco
  • Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • Raising taxes on tobacco