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Canadian Public Health Association

Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum


2020 Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum goes virtual!

The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing best practices and policies to prevent, reduce, and control tobacco use and vaping.

We will embrace existing and new technologies that will enable a modified version of the Forum. This virtual event is moving dates to 22-23 September 2020. While the daily schedules will look different, we will continue to host a range of session formats. 

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Forum Objectives
Virtual Platform
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Steering Committee

important dates

  • Preliminary Program Launch: 20 August 2020
  • Final Program Launch: 10 September
  • Virtual Conference Platform Launch: 15 September
  • Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum: 22-23 September


Having attended the 2020 Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum, delegates will be better prepared to:

  • Utilize effective evidence-based programs and best clinical practices as well as policy approaches.
  • Identify tobacco and vaping control-related challenges and solutions, trends, emerging issues and evidence gaps.
  • Describe tobacco and vaping control-related research, successful strategies and best practices in tobacco and vaping control.
  • Explore strategies to address emerging issues and potential impacts on decision-making, research, policy and practice.
  • Design knowledge translation approaches to shape the future of Canada’s tobacco and vaping control research, policies and programs.


Tuesday 22 September

12:00 - 12:55 Plenary I
12:55 - 13:00 Break
13:00 - 14:00 Concurrent Sessions
14:00 - 14:15 Break
14:15 - 15:15 Concurrent Sessions
15:15 - 15:25 Break
15:25 - 16:30 Plenary II

Wednesday 23 September

12:00 - 12:55 Plenary III
12:55 - 13:00 Break
13:00 - 14:00 Concurrent Sessions
14:00 - 14:15 Break
14:15 - 15:15 Concurrent Sessions
15:15 - 15:25 Break
15:25 - 16:30 Plenary IV


CPHA will embrace technology and present sessions September 22-23 from 12:00-16:30 (Eastern) daily.

The Virtual conference platform will allow participants to:

  • Stream live sessions and connect with speakers via online polls and live Q&A. 
  • Interact with other participants directly and share contact information.
  • Engage in live discussion forums where participants can ask and answer questions.
  • Connect with attendees, sponsors and exhibitors via 1:1 chat or in small groups.
  • Export session notes and contacts that participants meet in the platform.
  • Take notes directly in the platform to export or print following the sessions. 
Virtual Access

Only registered participants will have access to the virtual platform, post-forum recordings, and presentation gallery.    

The only equipment necessary for participants is an electronic device with an internet connection. The virtual platform works on computers, tablets and smartphones. The platform is optimized for viewing using Chrome but will work in other browsers such as Mozilla and Firefox Edge.

Your internet connection needs to be at minimum, 5mb upload and 5mb download. Perform a speed test to identify your internet upload and download speeds.

Conference Program


The virtual forum will feature many of the same program elements as the planned in-person event. Participants will be able to ask questions and up-vote other questions. Presenters will be able to answer verbally during the live session. If any questions remain unanswered, presenters and participants are encouraged to continue the discussion in a post-session discussion forum.

  • Plenary sessions will be live streamed and feature either a keynote address or a panel discussion with a live question and answer period.
  • Concurrent sessions, including symposia, workshops, and oral presentations, will be comprised of pre-recorded presentations and a live question and answer period.
  • Poster presentations will be available in gallery view only. Authors will provide a PDF digital poster with an optional 3-minute pre-recorded audio or video that can be viewed throughout the conference.


As the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum welcomes participants from all over the country, we want to ensure participants are engaged and avoid screen fatigue. Sessions are presented from 12:00-16:30 (Eastern) daily.


We understand that networking is an important part of forum participation and our virtual platform allows for the interaction of all registered participants and presenters through the networking space. The networking space will allow participants to:

  • See a list of all registered participants and initiate conversations;
  • Create a private chat or in small groups other participants; and 
  • Engage in the discussion forums to explore pertinent topics.

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The 2020 Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum will provide a dynamic environment to share the latest research and information, promote policies and develop best practices to reduce tobacco use across the country.

Industry Involvement
In the past 5 years, have you been employed by or received research support or other funding from, or had any professional relationship with, an entity directly involved in the production, manufacture, distribution or sale of tobacco, tobacco products, or vaping products, or represented the interests of any such entity?

If yes, you will be contacted by the Conference Secretariat to confirm if your registration will be accepted. CPHA reserves the right to refuse entry to this event to any individual who has ties to the tobacco or vaping industry. Failure to disclose any such relationship will result in your removal from the event and you will forfeit your registration fee.

Pricing is per person. The sharing of registration links is not permitted.

Member Rates




Participant $125


Student/Retiree $60

Non-member Rates




Participant $150


Student/Retiree $75

Proof of full-time student status required.

Member Registration Non-Member Registration
Community Rate

Supporting knowledge exchange among public health professionals and others working in our communities is vital to CPHA’s commitment to health equity, social justice and evidence-informed decision-making.

We encourage the participation of diverse communities in our national conference and understand that funding for professional development/conference attendance can be difficult to obtain. To support your participation in the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum, a special registration rate has been established for delegates who:

  • Self-identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis;
  • Work or volunteer for a First Nations, Inuit or Métis community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds; or
  • Work or volunteer for a community-based organization with limited professional development/conference attendance funds.
Community Rate: $75

Access to these special registration rates is based on the honour system; we ask that you respect the criteria established for each rate. If you have questions please contact the Conference Department.

The sharing of registration links is not permitted.

Community Rate Registration

Payment Options

For online registration, a Visa or MasterCard is required to complete the transaction. To request an invoice payable by cheque or credit card, contact

Presenter Rates

We encourage presenters to register for the full forum. If presenters are unable to participate both days, a discounted daily rate is available. 

The presenter daily rate is $85 and grants access to the forum sessions and networking features on the day of your presentation, post-conference materials and the presentation gallery. 
To register at the presenter daily rate, contact the Conference Department

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount to organizations registering five (5) or more employees. Contact the Conference Department to begin the registration process. 

Group rate: $100 per person

The following conditions will apply:

  • One invoice will be issued per group registration, payable by cheque or credit card.
  • If an invoice exceeds $1,500 and an organization wishes to pay be credit card, a 2.5% surcharge will be applied to recoup the service fees charged to process the transaction.   
  • Individual registrations must be completed for each participant.
Substitution and Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellations received by e-mail on or before Friday 18 September 2020 will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No cancellations will be granted after 18 September 2020.

If you’re unable to attend the forum you may designate someone to attend in your place. Requests must be made by the person registered and received by e-mail on or before Friday 18 September. No substitutions will be granted thereafter. 

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Sponsor, exhibitor and advertising opportunites

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsors of the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum will receive recognition for their support of and contributions to the scientific program for public health and allied health professionals. Sponsors will have numerous opportunities prior to and during the conference to feature their organization’s products/services and to reach a key audience. Each sponsorship opportunity includes an excellent range of benefits. 

To learn about all of the opportunities, terms and conditions please refer to Page 2 of the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum Prospectus

Please contact to discuss your sponsorship.

Contact Info 
Lison Pelletier, 613-726-3769 ext. 211 or

Exhibition Program

A select number of organizations will have the opportunity to exhibit their products or services during the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum.  As an exhibitor, you will benefit from networking virtually with delegates and will receive recognition in an exhibitor listing in the Conference Program and on the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum website. 

There are numerous benefits to being an exhibitor listed on Page 3 of the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum Prospectus.

Please contact to discuss the virtual exhibition.

Contact Info
Lison Pelletier, 613-726-3769 ext. 211 or

Advertising in the Conference Program

Advertisers are invited to purchase space in the Conference Program that will be distributed to all conference delegates as a PDF.

For information on size specifications, digital specifications, mechanical requirements and copy and contract regulations, please refer to Page 4 of the Tobacco and Vaping Control Forum Prospectus.  

Please contact to discuss advertising in the Conference Program.

Contact Info 
Lison Pelletier, 613-726-3769 ext. 211 or

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Have Questions?

Contact us at or 613-725-3769, extension 126.

Steering Committee

Ian Culbert, Canadian Public Health Association (Chair)
Mohammed Al-Hamdani, Canadian Lung Association, Nova Scotia
John Atkinson, Canadian Cancer Society
Michel Blanchard, Health Canada, Tobacco Control Directorate
Kevin Coady, Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for Control of Tobacco
Flory Doucas, Coalition québécoise pour le contrôle du tabac
Les Hagen, Action on Smoking & Health
David Hammond, University of Waterloo
Stephanie Menezes, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Lesley James, DrPH(c), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine