17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health 

17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health: Submissions and Registration Open

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is now accepting session proposals, abstracts and registrations.

WCTOH will be held from 7-9 March 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa with the theme ‘Uniting the World for a Tobacco Free Generation’. Held every three years, this international tobacco control conference brings together researchers, policy makers, NGOs, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.

Session submissions open

Abstracts and symposia submissions are open until 14 July 2017.
Submissions are invited for:

  • Abstracts of original research for oral or poster presentations.
  • Proposals for symposia.
  • Satellite sessions which will be scheduled outside the core programme hours. Submissions will be accepted until all available time slots are filled. Please submit proposals in good time to avoid disappointment.

Read the abstract guidelines and session guidelines on our website.

Submit sessions and abstracts here



South African Health Promotion Policy & Strategy 2015-19

Click here to download the SA Health Promotion Policy & Strategy 2015-19 (HPP&S 15-19)screencapture-file-C-Users-Vix-Desktop-pdf-20new-doh-20promotion-20policy-20and-20strategy-20national-20health-20promotion-20strategy-202015-2019-pdf-1440616259975
46 pages. Date of publication:  unknown


1.To enable South African to increase control over and improve its own health using the PHC approach, which is multidisciplinary in nature;
2.To provide guidelines to support actions at appropriate levels that will advance the aims and objectives of the health promotion policy;
3.To promote a holistic approach to health by:

  • Focus on the link between health promotion and the determinants of health
  •  Emphasise inter-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approaches in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion interventions;
  • Outline health promotion activities in various settings; and
  • Specifying strategic indicators to be monitored


Target audiences

The HPP&S 15-19 identifies key target audiences across the life cycle for health promotion interventions (→ focus on)

  • Children < 5 years →  promoting better health;
  • Women of child bearing age → creating awareness on services available;
  • Men → promoting a change in gender norms and values by encouraging broader involvement in health issues;
  • Youth → addressing risky behaviour and promoting healthy lifestyle practices;
  • Older people → community-based programmes and support groups to promote regular health and self-management of NCDs;
  • Marginalised populations → specific health needs.



12.2 Financial Resources (page 26)

The successful implementation of the health promotion programme requires sustained and dedicated financial resources. The allocation of resources should be based on the principles of redress and equity. The current financial resources limits the implementation of health promotion strategies that are known to increase awareness on critical health issues and impact upon on social and behavioural changes that promote health and well being.

Civil society role – key partners (page 29-30)

  • Developing and promoting frameworks for health promotion interventions
  • Strengthening partnerships with community structures and civil society  for health campaigns
  • Supporting PHC Ward-Based Outreach Teams to implement health promotion programmes with activities to develop:
      -a package of  service delivery of health promotion services
    -tools to assess and promote community mobilisation.
  • Improving health literacy.