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Dr. Sonu Goel

Globally, tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature mortality and morbidity. WHO Framework on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recommends for progressively establishing and maintaining a system to regularly collect and disseminate information related to deleterious effects of tobacco use, on various legislation and regulations and other tobacco control activities at regional and global level.  National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) at Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India also aims to bring awareness about harmful effects of tobacco use and tobacco control laws along with its effective implementation. In this context, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India has developed a Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (RCTC) which shall aim to serve as one-point reference system for all tobacco control updates and resource materials in the country. This virtual web-based resource center will provide correct, reliable, updated and contextual data and statistics in tobacco control which can be effectively utilized by policy makers, program implementer, academicians, researchers, non-governmental organizations and other tobacco control advocates for rational decision making.  The portal shall also serve as a platform to share success stories and best practices in the area of tobacco control across different states of India for their replication or adaptation in other states for effective enactment of NTCP. Besides, the platform will be immensely useful for general public and tobacco users for getting information about harmful effect of tobacco use and plan for successfully quitting tobacco products. I truly believe that this initiative shall go a long way in fulfilling the dream of ‘Tobacco Free India’.

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Conflict of Interest Declaration

E- Resource Centre for Tobacco Control, PGIMER Chandigarh

Tobacco is the gateway to the world of addiction. Each year millions of children in
India begin experimenting with tobacco use and become lifelong addicts. Global
evidence suggests that tobacco use is the leading cause of premature mortality. It
prevents individuals, families, communities and nations from achieving their fullest
potential and development goals. The tobacco industry is among the most corrupt
and venal in its practices. The WHO and many leading public health organizations
have warned that the tobacco industries would mislead governments and
communities to achieve its profits by advancing their addictive products.

To this end, E-Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (E-RCTC) believes in
promoting a healthy lifestyle for all by opposing tobacco use and addiction. RCTC
recognizes a fundamental conflict of interest between the tobacco industry and
public health. To achieve these goals in our lifetime would require us to stay away
from tobacco, alcohol and intoxicant substances in any form.

E-RCTC does not partner with any entity directly or indirectly related to and /or
engaged with the tobacco industry. We do not partner, invest in or get invest by
organizations with interests in the tobacco industry, or those who further the
agenda of tobacco companies. We do not and shall not accept and / or endorse any
direct or indirect support from the tobacco industry neither in cash and nor in
kind.