WHO – World No Tobacco Day 2018 Awards – Call for Nominations

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. An award is given to each selected person or organization recognizing their outstanding contribution to tobacco control. There are two types of awards granted every year: the Certificate of appreciation and the DG Special Recognition Award.

The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the policies and measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines, particularly in relation to the theme of World No Tobacco Day. Nominations for reasons based on the regular parliamentary or administrative work of nominees will not be considered.

Each nomination will need to provide the following information:

  • Complete name of the nominee
  • Title of the nominee, if a person
  • Address of the nominee, including email or phone
  • Language to be used on the correspondence with the nominee and on the certificate (English or French)
  • Complete name of the nominator
  • Title of the nominator, if a person
  • Address of the nominator, including email or phone
  • A detailed description of the reason for the nomination, including the dates of the actions, possible reasons include:
    • The nomination can be for a particular action, or for a group of actions, or for the body of a nominee’s work in the area of tobacco control at any local, national, regional or international level.
    • The nominee may have set a meritorious (or distinctive) example for others in the tobacco control movement.
    • The nominee may have overcome a big obstacle in achieving the objective for which he or she is considered worthy of a World No Tobacco Day award.
    • The nominee may have demonstrated outstanding leadership or commitment or been particularly innovative in his or her approach to tobacco control.
    • The nominee may have brought particular resources or knowledge or expertise to bear on tobacco control.
    • The nominee may have made an outstanding contribution to tobacco control as a crucial measure to rolling back noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.

Please find attached the guidelines on the nomination and the form to be completed by the nominator.

We would be grateful if you could send the nominations by Friday, 9 March 2018.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2018 is: “Tobacco and heart disease”. The campaign will increase awareness on the link between tobacco and heart and other cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, which combined are the world’s leading causes of death.

Additional information on World No Tobacco Day 2018 are available at

Download the nominations form and guidelines here

New Stricter Tobacco Laws On The Cards For RSA

The crackdown on smoking for SKouth Africans is about to become much tougher as government gets ready to tighten the regulations. The change in the tobacco control act of 1993 comes under further change as South Africa falls in line with international standards after joining WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on July 18, 2005. These changes are still up for comment and discussion in parliament at the beginning of this year.


Information Originally appeared on Tobaccocontrollaws.org

Smoke Free Places: Designated smoking areas in indoor workplaces, public places, and public transport are allowed. For workplaces and specified public places, up to 25 percent of floor space may be set aside for smoking. Specified public places include: smoking establishments, bars, pubs, taverns, night clubs, casinos, restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, Bed & Breakfasts, game lodges, and airports. In passenger ships and passenger trains with more than 10 cars, up to 25 percent of the space may be designated as smoking areas. Passenger trains with fewer than 10 cars may designate only one car as a smoking area. Sub-national jurisdictions can enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Nearly all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited, with certain exceptions including that tobacco products may be visible at point of sale but must be displayed in such a manner that customers may not handle tobacco products prior to purchase. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not completely prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Rotating text-only health warnings covering 15 percent of the front of the package and 25 percent of the back of the package are required on cigarette packaging. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Tobacco Products Control Act 83 of 1993 is the primary tobacco control law in South Africa and governs many aspects of tobacco control, including, but not limited to, public smoking restrictions; packaging and labeling of tobacco products; and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Several tobacco control regulations have been issued under this law including: 1) Regulations Relating to the Labeling, Advertising, and Sale of Tobacco Products (which regulates packaging and labeling); 2) Notice Relating to Smoking of Tobacco Products in Public Places (which regulates public smoking); 3) Regulations Relating to the Point of Sale of Tobacco Products (which regulates signs at point of sale and product display); and 4) Regulations Relating to Provisions for Exemption For Unintended Consequences and the Phasing out of Existing Sponsorship or Contractual Obligations (which exempts cross-border advertising from the ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship).

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



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