We are privileged to be inviting you to attend the 9th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) in Madrid, from 26th to 28th April 2023.
ECToHs are organised every three years under the auspices of the Association of European Cancer League (ECL). These Conferences are recognised internationally as the main European forum for tobacco control advocates. Each ECToH is attended by the most important policy makers, scientists, researchers, advocacy officers, health professionals as well as all others strongly committed in the fight against tobacco.
Since the First ECToH in 1996 in Finland, we have made progress in combating the tobacco epidemic with the adoption and implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive. But we are still not there. Tobacco is the major cause of cancer and remains one of the leading causes for death and disease in Europe.
The 9th ECToH Madrid 2023 is being hosted by the Spanish Association Against Cancer and the Spanish Committee on Tobacco Prevention.
This year our goal is to generate a social movement involving the different actors that play a key role in tobacco control in order to achieve our primary goal set by the European Union (EU) which is: a ‘Tobacco-Free Generation’ in Europe where less than 5% of the population uses tobacco by 2040. Our hope is to generate a space where all the European initiatives on tobacco control could join efforts and work together towards the eradication of the tobacco epidemic. The 9th ECToH Madrid 2023 will mainly focus on youth and the most vulnerable groups with a special emphasis in the promotion of health equity in tobacco prevention and control.
We are certain that this Conference will give us a great opportunity to continue our work in the fight against tobacco and to strengthen the tobacco control community to achieve that goal.
Dr. Ramón ReyesPresident. Spanish Association Against Cancer
Prof. Rui MedeirosPresident. Association of European Cancer Leagues
Welcome from the ECToH 2023 Scientific Committee
Dear Colleagues,There should be no doubt about the fact that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Europe and around the world. In fact, there is irrefutable evidence that smoking is associated with many adverse health outcomes, such as cancer, as well as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders and many more problems.
But even though this has been scientifically proven, and even though it has been repeated thousands of times, it seems that either we do not really understand it, or if we do understand it… we are being very negligent as we do not take sufficient measures to remedy this huge problem.
Moreover, if the damage we have done to our generations is already regrettable, it is even more shameful not to correct this great mistake for future generations.It is important to point out that, although tobacco use is classified as an individual behavior, the harmful effects of tobacco extend beyond the user to affect family, friends, colleagues, and the environment around them, entering fully into the One-Health approach that is emerging as the way forward for the well-being of the population.
The actions of the tobacco industry and its interference in tobacco prevention and control efforts further aggravate this complex public health problem. Because of these factors, tobacco use is a challenge to individual health and to the health of the entire community.
This is why we do not have in front of us just another congress, but a call to our knowledge and our noblest passion by asking ourselves what we have to do better to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), how we can help the most vulnerable groups, and how to improve our communication and face the new technological challenges, confront the perverse marketing and introduce the appropriate interventions to overcome this scourge.
The European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH) to be held in Madrid from 26 to 28 April 2023… is , after the period forced by the pandemic, the first event to revitalize once and for all the fight for smoking prevention and control.
It is worth participating in the ECToH 2023 conference or supporting it by whatever means you can. For the good of future generations andfor the sake of everyone’s health.
Jose M Martin-Moreno, MD, PhD, DrPHProfessor of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Valencia, Spain& Chair of the Scientific Committee, 9th ECToH Madrid 2023
From the National Committee on Tobacco Prevention (CNPT) we welcome with enthusiasm and satisfaction the responsibility of co-organizing, together with the Spanish Association Against Cancer and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the 9th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH). It is without doubt, the main European advocacy forum for tobacco prevention and control, bringing together the most important political leaders, scientists, researchers, advocates, health professionals and all those who are strongly committed to fighting the tobacco epidemic.
ECToH 2023 is a magnificent opportunity to debate, share, contrast, propose and analyze where we are today in the fight against tobacco, the main public health problem in many countries because of its large social impact in premature deaths and an unsustainable economic cost in health care. It is true that progress has been made in recent decades, but it is also true that we now find ourselves at a decisive moment. If we really want to achieve the objective set by the European Union of a ‘Tobacco-Free Generation’ in 2040, decreasing the prevalence of smokers below 5%, strong measures must be implemented to deal with the new challenges we are facing.
Parallel to ECToH 2023, we will also celebrate the annual Congress of the CNPT, in which we will analyze the situation of Spain in the European context with two main focuses: how to improve smoking prevention and the challenge of tobacco cessation in specific populations.
The CNPT is the organization that brings together the smoking prevention movement in Spain and it is currently composed of 46 organizations, mainly associations of health and medical professionals, as well as civil society and patients’ associations.
I am convinced that both events will offer an excellent opportunity to continue the path of reducing the prevalence of tobacco use and a step forward towards achieving the goal of a planet free of smoke, tobacco, and nicotine.
Andrés ZamoranoCNPT President
April 26th – 28th
The official language of the congress is English.
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