Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: the Endgame for Tobacco

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan delivering her keynote address at the Endgame for Tobacco Conference in New Delhi

Place: New Delhi
Date: 10-12 September 2013

India will host the International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: the Endgame for Tobacco, with support from national and international partners including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, World Bank, International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada), American Cancer Society, National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland), Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, World Heart Federation, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Framework Convention Alliance, Australia India Council, Asian Heart Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA) and National Cancer Institute (NIH, USA), co-sponsored by World Health Organization, and organized by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and HRIDAY. The Conference will be held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, from 10-12 September 2013.

The conference endeavours a way forward for cohesive policy environment combined with evidence-based community action to promote public health by reducing current tobacco use prevalence and set global and country-wise targets to protect present and future generations from the harms of tobacco use.

This conference will provide a platform not only for knowledge transfer and information sharing, but agenda setting for future pathways of the global tobacco control movement to put an end to tobacco. The conference will also present an opportunity for development and public health professionals, law enforcers, advocates, researchers, economists, environmentalists, social scientists, policy makers, and other identified stakeholders, especially from LMICs, to present scientific evidence and share experience, innovations and ideas for moving towards endgame solutions.

The specific objectives of the proposed "International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: the Endgame for Tobacco" are:

  • Conceptualize and host an international conference to discuss contemporary ideas on endgame for tobacco.
  • Augment and engage global multi-sectoral partners and organization to share experiences and ideate on innovative strategies for effective tobacco control globally.
  • Build capacity of stakeholders and tobacco control researchers from low and middle income countries to advance the agenda of endgame solutions in their future works.
  • Ideate on the endgame strategies from a multi-stakeholder perspective and provide opportunities to integrate tobacco control in the broader goals of global development agenda.
  • Advocate and call for sustainable action, across countries and regions, towards endgame solutions.