The 7th European Conference Tobacco or Health (ECTOH) will be held on Porto in 22-25 March 2017.
The Portuguese League Against Cancer (LPCC) is organizing this venue under the auspices of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).
As the burden of tobacco in Europe and in the world is still enormous, it is of utmost importance that tobacco control remains our top priority. The goal of our conference is to mobilize people/citizens to improve health through tobacco control policies in Europe and Worldwide.
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."
About the campaign: It will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens. It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.
The InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF), the Uruguayan Honorary Commission for Cardiovascular Health (CHSCV) and the Uruguayan Honorary Commission Against Cancer (CHLCC) have announced the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, which will take place on June 13 - 16, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay.
This conference will bring together tobacco control researchers, specialists in treatment, and experts in policy change from the region and around the world to share and apply the latest evidence.
Explore our initial assemblage of multimedia resource materials, like video and audio lectures and webinars on tobacco, trade, investment, and public health.
Alex Lawson, Law360, 06 December 2016 – The World Trade Organization will not issue a ruling on whether Australia's "plain packaging" tobacco law usurps foreign companies' intellectual property rights until May, according to WTO documents circulated Tuesday, delaying a decision that was slated to arrive by the end of 2016. A single WTO panel is weighing cases launched by the governments of Indonesia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Honduras asserting that Australian laws that ban all distinct branding from cigarette packages in favor of graphic warnings about the danger of the products. The case has teed up a high-stakes fight over the intersection of intellectual property rights and public health safeguards.
Carolyn Crist, Reuters, 08 December 2016 – Young Australians say they're less likely to try smoking and more likely to quit since the country's mandatory plain packaging for all tobacco products was implemented, according to a new study. In telephone surveys of Australians 12 to 24 years old, between 15 percent and 20 percent of non-smokers, ex-smokers and experimental smokers alike said the plain packaging made them less likely to take up smoking. A third of current smokers said they tried to quit or thought about quitting because of the packaging.
Thuy Ong, ABC News, 08 December 2016 – A new report has found that corporations have launched 50 lawsuits, worth at least $US31 billion, using secret international arbitration tribunals against 11 countries in the Asian region. The countries affected are currently negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. RCEP is being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asian region, including China, Australia, Japan, India and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the goal of regional economic integration by 2015 in Southeast Asia. AEC envisages the following key characteristics:
The AEC areas of cooperation include human resources development and capacity building; recognition of professional qualifications; closer consultation on macroeconomic and financial policies; trade financing measures; enhanced infrastructure and communications connectivity; development of electronic transactions through e-ASEAN; integrating industries across the region to promote regional sourcing; and enhancing private sector involvement for the building of the AEC.
The ASEAN Leaders adopted the ASEAN Economic Blueprint at the 13th ASEAN Summit on 20 November 2007 in Singapore to serve as a coherent master plan guiding the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
Source: ASEAN website