Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session I:

Globalisation of standardised tobacco packaging – which countries are next?

Date/Time: 19 March 2015, 11:00 – 12:30

Location: ICC

Description: This plenary will present the latest evidence on the early effects of standardised tobacco packaging, and its evaluation by experts in Australia – as well as the important lessons for other countries and their governments.   In support of the globalisation of standardised tobacco packaging, a panel of leaders from Ireland, Turkey, UK and New Zealand will provide latest updates from their countries followed by a facilitated discussion.

Chairs: Dr Douglas Bettcher, Prof Mike Daube


Presentation 1:  Ireland’s Standardised Packaging law: Protecting our children from a killer addiction
Speaker: Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland


Presentation 2: Tobacco Control - What can governments do?
Speaker: Mr Nathan Smyth, First Secretary Population Health Division, Department of Health, Australian Government 


Speaker 3: Standardised tobacco packaging - the evidence, impacts and successes
Speaker: Prof Melanie Wakefield, Director, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria


Speaker 4:  Evaluation and impact of standardised pack on prices, purchasing patterns and illicit trade
Speaker: Dr Michelle Scollo, Co-Director of the VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control



United Kingdom: Mr Andrew Black
Tobacco Control Manager, Department of Health, UK

11:45-11:50 New Zealand: Prof Richard Edwards
Head of Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand

Norway: Ms Anne Lise Ryel
Secretary General, Norwegian Cancer Society, Oslo, Norway


Turkey: Dr Cevdet Erdöl
Member of Grand National Assembly 

12:00-12:25 Panel Discussion with all speakers facilitated by Dr Douglas Bettcher and
Prof Mike Daube
12:25-12:30 Closing remarks from chairs

Plenary Session II:

New tricks or just a new mask? What can be learned from the tobacco industry interference with public health

Date/Time: 20 March 2015, 11:00–12:30

Location: ICC

Description: The Plenary will present and discuss the new forms of tobacco industry interference with policy making and will bring to the discussion how other industries (for example, sugar and alcohol) are using similar interference tactics. It will then discuss what lessons can be learned from countering tobacco industry interference and what is next in the public health agenda related to tobacco and to NCDs.

It will further discuss how we can bring the tobacco control movement closer to other social and public health movements that can act together to create economic models that operate to improve the well-being of people instead of profiting from disease and death.

This panel will bring together the examples of tobacco industry interferences in emerging challenges in tobacco control but also link those challenges with other public health issues and the corporations behind them. Regulatory and advocacy models will be discussed that address the behavior of a few globalized industries that influences the lifestyles, social and cultural patterns, rather than focus on changing the individual behavior, to face the public health challenges of the 21st century.

Chair: Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, Head of the FCTC Secretariat

11:00-11:05 Introduction by chair
11:05-11:15 Presentation 1: Water pipe and the tobacco industry: examples of interference
Speaker: Dr Rima Nakkash, Asst Prof, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health (HPCH), Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
11:15-11:25 Presentation 2: The tobacco industry interference with implementation of the Illicit Trade Protocol
Speaker: Dr Stella Aguinaga Bialous, President, Tobacco Policy International
11:25-11:35 Presentation 3: Tobacco industry interference in the Judiciary Power through front groups
Speaker: Paula Johns, Director, Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Use
11:35-11:45 Presentation 4: Big Food and Big Soda strategies against food health policies
Speaker: Alejandro Calvillo, Director, Consumer Power
11:45-11:55 Presentation 5: Beyond tobacco exceptionalism: promoting coherence in regulating addictive industries
Speaker: Prof Jeff Collin, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
11:55-12:25 Panel Discussion
12:25-12:30 Conclusions and summary from chair

Plenary Session III:

Tobacco and NCDs: 2025 and beyond

Date/Time21 March 201511:00–12:30

Location: ICC

Description of session:  This session will broadly aim to emphasize on need to prioritise tobacco control to achieve NCD targets by 2025. Speakers will discuss the acceleration of tobacco control policy and health systems interventions to achieve significant reduction in NCD burden across the globe; broaden tobacco control agenda to integrate and synergise with sustainable development goals and to move towards tobacco endgame; highlight the role of health systems and civil society in further strengthening the tobacco control movement and aligning it with Universal health coverage; and finally discuss the economic costs of inaction in tobacco control that is projected to have a catastrophic impact on Government’s health care spending and budgets.

Chairs: Prof Judith Mackay, Dr Monika Arora

11:00-11:05 Opening Remarks – Prof Judith Mackay

Panelist 1
Dr Édouard Tursan D’Espaignet, Coordinator, Comprehensive Information Systems for Tobacco Control, Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), World Health Organization
Monitoring progress towards the 2025 Global NCD Tobacco target: How many countries are on track and how many need to do more?


Panelist 2
Prof K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Tobacco and NCDs in the post-2015 development era

11:24-11:29 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panelist 3
Dr Susan Mercado, Director of NCDs, WPRO
Health systems and tobacco control

11:36-11:41 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panelist 4
Ms Katie Dain, Executive Director, NCD Alliance
Panelist 5
Mr Cary Adams, CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Building civil society movement on NCDs and tobacco control leading those efforts

11:48-11:53 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panelist 6
Dr Michael Engelgau, Deputy Director, Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Economic costs of inaction 

12:00-12:05 Moderated Panel Discussion
12:05-12:25 Open Discussion with Panelists
12:25-12:30 Closing Remarks – Dr Monika Arora