In the first day of this May, the Japanese government announced the name of the new era as “Reiwa”, which can be translated as “beautiful harmony”. The 15th meeting of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases (ISPTID) will be held in October 2019, only one year before the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games. The Rugby World Cup will also be held during the conference days, and we will increase awareness of the Japanese people to prevent secondhand smoke exposure as in accordance with the WHO and IOC tobacco-free Olympic agreements.

The National Cancer Research Center in Tsukiji, Tokyo, is our conference venue. At this same institute, more than twenty years ago, an annual meeting of an organization that aimed at promoting smoking cessation, which brought together doctors and dentists to work together, was held. As a dental researcher, I participated in this meeting and had the opportunity to start my research career on tobacco control. Indeed, the oral cavity has a variety of tissues and functions which are susceptible to the harmful effects of tobacco and oral health professionals are in a position to warn patients and the general public of various tobacco-induced diseases before they become fatal. In Japan, medical and dental researchers participate in tobacco control research, and I hope that all oral health professionals globally participate in tobacco control.

In Japan, tobacco control has been based on NCDs: in particular, its cancer law. The Basic Act on Cardiovascular Diseases was enacted at the end of last year and will help accelerate tobacco control in Japan. Japanese people tend to like new things. When the first law aiming at preventing secondhand smoke exposure was established, Japan was the first in the world to launch gum tobacco. At this time, the dental society issued a strong warning toward the public against gum tobacco use by children. Fortunately, gum tobacco is not currently distributed in Japan. After the Olympic and Paralympic Games were awarded to Japan, the next generation of tobacco products: heated tobacco products, has now become popular – an area for which we have to be vigilant

Japan is now at the beginning of a new era of tobacco control research. Tobacco control researchers from all over the world will gather at this conference in Tokyo in the first year of Reiwa era and work together with Japanese researchers to accelerate tobacco control.

We have already entered into a new era of global tobacco control, and we look forward to having all of you in Tokyo.

Prof. Takashi Hanioka, DDS, PhD

Fukuoka Dental College

Chair of Tobacco-Free Committee, Japanese Society for Oral Health

TID President

 5月1日、日本は令和の時代に入りました。日本政府は令和の意味をbeautiful harmonyと諸外国に説明しています。国際タバコ病予防学会(ISPTID)の第15回学術総会を2019年10月に東京築地にある国立がん研究センター新棟で開催します。日本では2008年京都大学での開催以来となります。今回は、東京オリンピック・パラリンピック大会の前年にあたり、会期中はラグビーワールドカップが開催されています。WHOとIOCによるタバコのないオリンピック協定にしたがい、日本国民の二次喫煙の防止への意識が以前にも増して高まる時期の開催になりました。





 埴岡 隆 歯科医師、歯学博士

福岡歯科大学 教授、日本口腔衛生学会禁煙推進委員会 委員長


 Dear friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to welcome you this year to Tokyo, Japan's capital city and the world's most populous metropolis.

The 15th Annual Conference of the International Society of Tobacco Induced Diseases will take place in Tokyo on October 13-15, 2019 and we are truly honored to have as valuable partners in this effort the Fukuoka Dental College, the Japan Cancer Society and the Japanese Society for Oral Health.

The main objective of the conference is to advance the role of science in various aspects of tobacco control and to improve the scientific content of strategies on smoking cessation, prevention and regulation of tobacco products. Distinguished scientists specializing in tobacco control from all over the world will share their expertise and scientific research.

The 15th Annual TID Conference will include a great variety of Scientific Symposia and Oral Presentation Sessions, an ongoing Poster Session, and two Hands-on Training Workshops. Of course, the major elements for the success of this conference will be all the participants, who will be brought together to attend and transfer the valuable knowledge that they will have received, to their regional environment. This approach provides an essential “hands-on” service to the tobacco control community at a global scale -as common problems have common solutions. Hence, we see ourselves as "connectors" within this global community.

We hope that we will be able to provide you with the most updated knowledge on the field of tobacco control and also inspire you to keep fighting against tobacco for a better future.

Prof. Constantine Vardavas

On behalf of the TID secretariat