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14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Date: 8-12 March 2009
Place: Mumbai, India

WHO is a technical supporter of the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH). The conference, which has been organized every three years since the mid-1960s, will gather tobacco control researchers, activists and leaders. WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative will participate.

This year the conference will focus on the theme of multi-sectoral approach to tobacco control. It will specifically consider the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which came into force in 2005 and currently has 161 parties.

Other topics for discussion will include:

  • health warnings on packages of tobacco
  • women and tobacco
  • tobacco's aggravation of the global tuberculosis epidemic
  • challenges in the enforcement of tobacco control laws.

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