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4th European Conference "Tobacco or Health" 2007; Invitation to the Media Conference, 11th October, 2007, Congress Center, Basel

Basel (ots) - The 4th European Conference "Tobacco or Health" takes place in Basel from 11th-13th October, 2007. The conference is organized by the Swiss Cancer League together with the German Cancer Society on behalf of the Association of European Cancer Leagues. About 800 participants from over 60 countries will discuss a smoke-free Europe. Tobacco or health: This is not a question, but a conclusion. Every year over 5 million people in the world die due to the effects of active or passive tobacco consumption, including 650,000 people in the European Union. As a result, the 4th European Conference "Tobacco or Health" 2007 (ECToH 07) is clearly aiming for a smoke-free Europe. All public indoor places are to become smoke-free in the countries of Europe. About 800 experts in the fields of health, education, science, politics, sports, and culture will discuss how to achieve this goal from 11th-13th October, 2007 at the Congress Center Basel. The ECToH 07 will tackle current issues and facilitate an exchange of information between the different countries: What are the tried and tested strategies and methods to prevent young people from smoking, to help smokers quit, and to protect the population from passive smoking? A wide range of topics will be discussed and dealt with at the conference, including: Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to passive Smoking; product regulation; the influence of the tobacco industry on tobacco consumption by women, and prevention programs for schools. A highlight of the conference is the round table on the theme of passive smoking, to which health ministers and national health officials from all of Europe are invited. The latest study in the area of tobacco control and prevention is awaited with great anticipation. Luk Joossens, a tobacco control expert from Belgium, studied the tobacco control policies of 30 European countries in 2007 and will now present the results of the study exclusively at the ECToH 07. The ECToH 07 is the largest conference on the subject of tobacco control and prevention in Europe. It is under the patronage of Markos Kyprianou, European Union Commissioner for Health, as well as Pascal Couchepin, Switzerland's health minister. Information and registration at http://www.ectoh07.org Media representatives can find information at media.ectoh07.org and become accredited for the ECToH 07 as well as the media conference. ots Originaltext: Swiss Cancer League Internet: www.presseportal.ch Contact: Silvia Thommen, Media Contact ECToH 07 Tel.: +41/31/389'93'26 E-mail: media@ectoh07.org

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