E-Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC) under Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh in collaboration with Strategic Institute of Public Health Education and Research (SIPHER) and The Union South-East Asia (The Union) will be hosting a National Summit on World No Tobacco Day 2020. Honourable Health Minister, Govt of Jharkhand, ShBanna Gupta will be joining as the Chief Guest of the national summit. Dr RP Gupta, President, International College of Dentists, Section VI (India, Sri Lanka & Nepal); Dr Ashok Dhoble, Hon. Secretary General, India Dental Association, HO Mumbai; and Ms.Vineet K Gill, National Professional Officer (TFI), World Health Organization, India Office, New Delhi will grace the summit as the Guest of Honour.
Speaking about the event, Prof. Sonu Goel, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh/Director E-RCTC said, “Each year, over 7 million tobacco users die of tobacco-attributable diseases. The World Health Organisation (WHO) emphasizes that the tobacco industry manipulates youth with different strategies, including use of youth-appealing flavours, attractive product designs, promotion claims of “harm reduction”, sponsoring celebrities/influencers and brand events, point-of sale marketing at vending outlets frequented by children, and indirect marketing, etc.”
Dr.Rana J Singh, Deputy Regional Director, The Union South-East Asia(The Union),New Delhi in his massage said that The Union has strongly advocated for the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), which are home to more than 80 percent of the world’s smokers. The Union released its new position paper ‘Where bans are best: Why LMICs must prohibit e-cigarettes and heated tobacco product sales to truly tackle tobacco’ yesterday on the eve of World No Tobacco Day. He congratulated Government of India which has already enacted Prohibition of E-Cigarette Act in December 2019 to protect the general public and youth in particular from nicotine addiction. He further said that this summit will be a big platform to share various tobacco control experiences from across the region with focus on tobacco industry manipulations to influence youth and promote their deadly products.
The experts from the field of Tobacco and NCD control, Dental Sciences, and Public Health from across the globe will be taking part in the important consultation to share their valuable insights on overall strengthening National Tobacco Control Programme(NTCP). Experts from countries of the region viz Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives will also share their views in the summit.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) designates 31st May of each year as the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The theme of WNTD 2020 is “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use,” said Dr. Rakesh Gupta, President and Director of Public Health, SIPHER. He added WNTD 2020 serves as a global counter-marketing campaign to unmask myths and expose manipulation tactics of the tobacco and nicotine industries, especially those deceive the youth
The virtual summit is targeted at to bring on common platform the Tobacco Control (TC)professionals, young and emerging Public Health/TC professionals, health programme managers, researchers of various clinical and non-clinical disciplines across the country, academicians and civil society advocates who are aspiring to learn and implement the advances in tobacco control research, policies and advocacy initiatives with ultimate aim of strengthening National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP).