World No Tobacco Day 2012
– Stop tobacco industry interference

Invitation to WKC forum, 31 May 2012

31st of May is World No Tobacco Day.

Each year, WHO and its member states celebrate World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption.

World No Tobacco Day also promotes adherence to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an international treaty presenting obligations for all countries ratifying it. The theme for 2012 is “tobacco industry interference.”

In commemoration of this year's World No Tobacco Day, the WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre) will organize an open forum in Kobe.

Date & venue:

31 May 2012 (Thursday) 15:00 –17:00
WHO Kobe Centre


(language: Japanese)
15:00–15:10 Opening remarks
15:10–15:30 Tobacco control in Japan
15:30–15:50 Japan Tobacco’s manners campaign and local smoke-free policy
15:50–16:10 Kanagawa’s smoke-free legislation
16:10–16:50 Discussion
16:50–17:00 Closing remarks


(in order)
Dr Francisco Armada, WHO Kobe Centre
Dr Yumiko Mochizuki, Japan National Cancer Center
Ms Mina Kashiwabara, Consultant, WHO Kobe Centre
Mr Masatoshi Sekiguchi, former member of the Kanagawa Prefecture Assembly
Mr Alex Ross, WHO Kobe Centre


Dr Kohei Adachi, Hyogo Prefecture Medical Association