ECL has the permanent responsibility of organising the European Conferences on Tobacco or Health (ECToH), which take place every two to three years and hosted by an ECL member in Europe


The 7th ECToH (Conference on Tobacco or Health) will take place in Oporto, Portugal, 23-25 March 2017

ECToH Young Professional Award (see below)

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ECToH Young Professional Award 22-25 March 2017, Porto

Sponsored by the Cancer Society of Finland and ECL

The ECL ECToH Young Professional Award is to recognize and support newer careerist professionals that have advanced tobacco control in areas of research, advocacy, policy and practice. The award is to be granted to participants judged on the quality of the abstracts and their CVs submitted to the conference.
The winner will be presented with the ECL/ECToH Young Professional Award in Porto by the President of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), Dr Sakari Karjalainen.
1st Prize: travel grant up to €3.000 to attend the next WCToH congress in Capetown, South Africa in March 2018 (travel, accommodation, etc.) in order to present his/her work and to maintain a network at global level. This travel grant is provided by the Cancer Society of Finland.
2nd Prize: €600 ECL subsidy for attending the 2017 ECToH.
3rd Prize: €400 ECL subsidy for attending the 2017 ECToH.
An award winning ceremony will take place during in Porto.

Criteria for application
DEADLINE: 26 January 2017

• Age 35 years or younger at the time of the application deadline;
• Presently active in tobacco control including research, advocacy, policy or practice;
• Abstract has been submitted to ECToH 2017;
• Never been affiliated with the tobacco industry, directly or indirectly
Applications must include the following and submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 26 January 2017:
1) motivation letter
2) CV
3) submitted abstract to ECToH 2017

The applications are reviewed by selected ECToH committee members, and suggestions for nominations are sent to the ECL board, who votes on the winners.

Criteria for evaluation
• Efforts will be given to recognize individuals working (either paid or volunteer) from WHO EURO Member States;
• In the abstract submitted awardees will have contributed to advancing tobacco control in the following ways:
o Contributing to the advancement of the WHO-FCTC either in their country, in Europe or globally;
o Planning, implementing and evaluating innovative research in the area of tobacco control;
o Advocacy activity within their country, in Europe or globally;
o Advancing healthy policy development;
o Developing and/or implementing innovative and functional tobacco cessation methods and strategies and/or prevention initiatives;
o Knowledge-transfer efforts to translate tobacco control research to practice.



About the previous ECToHs:

6th ECToH: the 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health took  place in 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

It was hosted by the Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control, in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Smoking of Turkey.

The 6th ECToH was a great success and drew 500 participants from all over Europe and beyond.  See the excellent programme here.

A highlight of the Conference is the Tobacco Control Scale 2013 ranking how countries are doing in the progress against tobacco, by Luk Joossens and Martin Raw, which can be downloaded here.

T TCS ranking 2013 Postcard v5 


Please note that we will not make the presentations available, but invite you to contact the speakers directly for information.




5th ECToH: The 5th ECToH took place 28-30 March 2011 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Dutch Cancer Society organised the conference in collaboration with STIVORO, the Dutch expertise centre for tobacco control.  A highlight was a presentation by Luk Joossens, ECL Advocacy Officer, on an update of the Ranking List for European Tobacco Control 2007-2010. (See previous ranking report presented at ECToH 2007.)


4th ECToH: The 4th ECToH took place in 2007 and was hosted by the Swiss Cancer League in Basel, Switzerland, alongside the ECL annual meetings.

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