Dublin has been announced as the winner of a bid to host a major international conference to tackle tobacco, to be held in 2021. The announcement came at the end of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, held in South Africa.
The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is the premier conference on tobacco related issues and attracts an international audience of approximately 2,500 delegates. It is held every three years in the month of March. The conference has not been held in a European city since 2003.
Minister Simon Harris and Minister Catherine Byrne have expressed their delight that Ireland has been successful in the bid to host the 18th WCTOH conference in Dublin.
Minister Harris said:
Minister Byrne said:
These partners include Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Convention Bureau, the Dublin Convention Centre, the Health Service Executive, Irish Cancer Society, ASH Ireland, Irish Heart, Tobaccofree Research Institute, Royal College of Physician of Ireland and Institute of Public Health.
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD) is the Conference Secretariat and oversees the bidding and selection process as well as having a significant input into the organising and running of the conference.
In September 2017 Ireland submitted a bid to IUATLD for Dublin to be considered as the conference venue for the 18th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in 2021. After Ireland was shortlisted the IUATLD visited Dublin to discuss the bid and to inspect facilities. An oral presentation was then made by Ireland at the Conference in South Africa on Tuesday 6th March. The IUATLD announced today at the end of the 17th Conference that Ireland would host the 18th conference in 2021.
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