15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Singapore, 20-24 March 2012

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15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Singapore, 20-24 March 2012


Singapore, 20 March 2012: In a major milestone for Singapore in the fight against smoking, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong officially opened the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in the presence of some of the world's most influential leaders.

Present at the opening ceremony were Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organisation; Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, ASEAN; Health Ministers and national representatives from ASEAN, Australia, Fiji, Norway, Russia, Turkey and the USA; as well as renowned technical experts Prof Judith Mackay, Prof Sir Richard Peto and Dr Prakash C Gupta.

Declaring the conference open, Mr Gan said that Singapore, as a signatory (PARTY) to the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), is keen to establish, engage and support local, regional and international partnerships for tobacco control.

"The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. It kills nearly six million people a year. This is why tobacco control is one of the top priorities in Singapore's public health efforts. We believe the linkages formed through this important platform of WCTOH 2012 will enable diverse groups to come together to take a collective stand against tobacco and save more lives," Mr Gan said.

As host of the 1 5th WCTOH, Singapore has distinguished itself as one of the region's leading advocates against tobacco use. The Conference was hosted in Southeast Asia for the first time, and about 2,600 international delegates and policy-makers from 100 countries have participated. The buzz generated affirms the city-state as a thought leader on tobacco control while raising local awareness of tobacco control issues.

"Singapore is the first in the world to impose duty-paid marking on cigarettes to counter illicit trade, the first in Asia to make graphic health warnings mandatory and also a global forerunner in having a comprehensive smoke-free ban," said Mr Ang Hak Seng, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore's Health Promotion Board (HPB).

The key player in the Conference, HPB has driven tobacco control and health initiatives locally for more than a decade. Representing HPB's efforts, Mr Ang said: "While Singapore has one of the lowest rates of smoking in the world at about 14 per cent, we aim to bring our nation's smoking prevalence to below 10 per cent by 2020. To achieve this, we need to go beyond top-down legislation and mobilise our community to lead the way in 'denormalising' smoking. …

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