July 2008

Grant Results


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided partial support for plenary sessions devoted to tobacco policy at the 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Washington, July 2006.

Key Results

  • The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health was held July 12–15, 2006, in Washington.
    • Some 4,736 people attended the conference; approximately 40 percent of attendees came from outside the United States, representing 139 countries.
    • The conference included 336 invited speakers, 395 oral abstract presentations, and 1176 poster presentations.
    • The conference program and links to plenary presentations are available online.
  • The conference program was organized into five tracks, according to a variation of the communicable disease model. The conference tracks were:
    • People. This track included topics such as individual- and population-based approaches to helping people quit smoking, uptake prevention, and protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke.
    • Policy. This track's sessions examined the governmental and voluntary policies to regulate, control and prevent the use of tobacco products.
    • Practice. This track focused on innovative and replicable approaches to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and how to deliver tobacco control programs on a shoestring budget.
    • Producer. This track spanned leaf (growing and manufacturing) to lip (consumer use). Topics included: industry marketing, youth programs and regulation.
    • Product. This track's sessions examined tobacco product physiology, pharmacology, pathology and progression.
  • Plenary sessions for the policy track were:
    • The Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Tobacco Control Policies
      • Some Historical Mistakes and Their Consequences—Nigel Gray, France.
      • The Unintended Consequences of Well-Intentioned Tobacco Control Policies—Mauricio Hernandez, Mexico.
      • Bat and Tobacco Control Laws in Nigeria—Akinbode Oluwafemi, Nigeria.
    • Tobacco Product Regulation
      • Regulating Tobacco Products in Thailand—Prakit Vathesatogkit, Thailand.
      • Developing Meaningful Tobacco Product Regulation in the UK—Ann McNeill, United Kingdom.
      • Regulating Tobacco in Malaysia: Learning the Hard Way—Zarihah Mohd Zain, Malaysia.
    • The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
      • Building Capacity to Advance WHO's First Treaty—Douglas Bettcher, Canada.
      • Using the WHO FCTC for Advocacy—Mary Assunta, Malaysia.
      • The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: Evaluating the Impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control—Geoffrey T. Fong, Canada.
    • The Millennium Development Goals and Tobacco Control
      • Tobacco and Poverty: Can TC Help Alleviate Poverty?—Ayda Yurekli, USA.
      • Millennium Development Goals—Paula Johns, Brazil.
      • Tobacco Control: Golden Opportunity for the World—Joe O. Asila, Kenya.
      • Tobacco and Child Poverty—Tom Miller, Sweden.
    • Tobacco Industry Denormalization: A Critical Element in Any Comprehensive Tobacco Control Plan
      • Why the Tobacco Industry Denormalization Health Strategy Strikes at the Heart of Tobacco Manufacturing—Garfield Mahood, Canada.
      • "We Don't Smoke the Sh**—We Just Sell it": A Norwegian Tobacco Industry Denormalization Campaign—Kari Huseby, Norway.
      • Tobacco Industry Denormalization: California's Success Story—Gregory P. Oliva, USA.

RWJF provided a $50,000 grant from May 2006 to May 2007 in partial support of the plenary sessions devoted to tobacco policy.

The conference received more than $4.6 million in support from pharmaceutical companies (including GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis), federal agencies (including National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute on Drug Abuse), and foundations or associations (including American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Legacy Foundation).

RWJF organized and co-sponsored, with the American Medical Association, the 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in Chicago in August 2000. (See Grant Results on ID# 039809.)

After The Grant
The 14th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health is scheduled to be held March 8–12, 2009, in Mumbai, India. Program and other information can be found online.

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Program Activities for the 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health


American Cancer Society (Atlanta,  GA)

  • Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: May 2006 to May 2007
    ID#:  056681


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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Michelle A. Larkin

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