The Smoke Free Partnership and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention with the support of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe are hosting the World No Tobacco Day 2021 conference, taking place on 8 June 2021 (14:00 CET).
The conference is titled “Tobacco-free policy-making for a tobacco free Europe” and will focus on exposing, discussing and counteract tobacco industry efforts to delay and distort policy processes to prevent progress in tobacco control.
The event will have two main parts: in the first part, we will organise a high-level panel discussion between experts, advocates and policy makers who will discuss tobacco industry interference tactics and ways in which policy makers and advocates in different countries have counteracted them. We will also address industry’s attempts to take advantage of the COVID-19 epidemic in the past year to whitewash its reputation and to re-gain a seat at the policy making table.
In the second part, a virtual award ceremony will be organised, facilitated by WHO EURO, to honour and recognise the European recipients of the 2021 WHO World No Tobacco Day Award.
Tobacco and vaping industry representatives are not accepted to attend this event. The same rule applies to any entity or individual advancing their interests linked to the tobacco and vaping industry in a commercial or non-commercial manner.
There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests. (WHO-FCTC Art.5.3 – Guiding principles)