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Prof. Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi
Deputy Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai
A head and neck cancer surgeon, Dr. Pankaj Chaturvediis counted among India’s most noted anti-tobacco activists. He spearheaded the Voice of Tobacco Victims Campaign ( that was instrumental in attaining an all-India ban on gutkaand paan masala.Dr.Chaturvedi is the founder of Maharashtra Cancer Warriors that offers voluntary oncology services in Maharashtra’s district hospitals. He is also the co-ordinator of the oncology services on Lifeline Express, world’s first cancer hospital on train.


Dr. Monika Arora
Director, Health Promotion Division & Additional Professor,
Public Health Foundation of India, Gurugram
A public health scientist, Dr. Monika Arora works in the area of health promotion and health advocacy, with special interest in prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and promoting Adolescent Health. Dr.Arora is Principal Investigator on a large scale research study at PHFI: Project STEPS (Strengthening of Tobacco control Efforts through innovative Partnerships and Strategies). She was awarded ‘2011 Best Practices award in Global Health’ by the Global Health Council, USA and WHO Director General’s World No Tobacco Day Award (2012) for her tobacco control contributions in India and South East Asia Region.


Dr.Rakesh Gupta
Deputy Director/Chief Chemical Examiner
Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab, Chandigarh
Mr. Rakesh Gupta presently is the President and Director Public Health at Strategic Institute of Public Health Education and Research SIPHER. He has a professional experience of 35 years in the area of public health.
He has served as an expertise in managing National Non-Communicable diseases Programmes especially Blindness Control/ Tobacco Control  Programmes for more than 8 years. He has been awarded with WHO Award 2015 on World No Tobacco Day. As a part of tobacco control  Represented MOHFW in WHO consultation on Plain packaging in Geneva 2017. Corneal Blindness Backlog Free Initiative and Tobacco Free Villages initiatives were accepted in Innovations conclave organized by Govt. of India at Indore .

Dr.Rakesh Gupta
President, Rajasthan Cancer Foundation
Honorary Consultant, Tobacco Treatment, SDM Hospital
Consultant, PiramalSwasthya, Rajasthan Office, Jaipur
Dr. Rakesh Gupta is a recipient of WHO DG award for SEARO region on World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2013 for working in tobacco control in an individual capacity. He has also been awarded both at the district (Jhunjhunu) and State (Rajasthan) levels in the year 20017 and 2010.

Dr.Sanjiv Kumar
Director, International Institute of Health Management Research, New Delhi
Dr.Sanjiv Kumar earned his MBBS and MD from AIIMS, DNB and MBA. He has over four decades of experience in public health across 29 countries. He has worked for UNICEF across many countries. As Executive Director at National Health Systems Resource Centre, Dr. Kumar led technical support to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and 36 states and UTs. He has published more than 100 papers and chapters in various books. He has received eight international and national awards and fellowships in recognition of his contribution.

Member, Bar Council of Delhi
Dr.Amit Yadav has worked as a consultant with leading national and international organisations. His areas of interest include public health law, policy & advocacy. He is a registered member of Bar Council of Delhi. He is committed to work towards achieving UNSDGs, especially on Health and Education.

Sanjay Seth
Trustee, Sambandh Health Foundation, Gurugram
Sanjay Seth is a B.Tech (IIT-Delhi) and MBA (IIM-Ahmedabad) and has over three decades of experience in the corporate sector and tobacco control. He entered tobacco control as India Program Director in the campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Since August 2014, Seth is associated with the HealisSekhsaria Institute for Public Health and continues to manage the Voice of Tobacco Victims campaign.

Ranjit Singh
Advocate & Legal Consultant, Supreme Court of India
Attorney at law in the Supreme Court of India.
He has been providing consultancy/support/guidance to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare(MoHFW), Government of India, National Institute for Cancer Prevention & Research(NICPR)and Civil Societies on Public Health Laws for more than a decade. He has specialisation in litigations related to Tobacco Control and Food Safety and Standard Laws. He has contributed in drafting laws on smoke free public place, prohibition on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship, regulation of display, usage in films, prohibition on sale to minors, depiction of graphic health warnings covering and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System(ENDS).


Deepak Mishra
Executive Director, Socio Economic and Development Society, Patna
Mr. Deepak Mishra presently serves as a Executive Director of Socio Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), New Delhi, India. He has over 25 years of experience in development management, research, capacity building and training. He has been involved in tobacco control programme for more than one decade and forged strong collaboration with the state government. He has supported the government, in implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act 2003 (COTPA 2003) and in passing various policy decisions including ban of Pan Masala & SLT in the Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand. His organization SEEDS has been selected for WNTD Award 2020 by WHO this year.

Dr.Bhavesh V Modi
Health & FW Department, Govt. of Gujarat
Dr. Bhavesh is a Community Medicine Physician and Public Health Practitioner working at Health Department, Government of Gujarat, INDIA. MPH (Health Policy & System) & MBA (Healthcare) graduate from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and Preventive Medicine Physician from the M S University of Baroda, India, with a record of creating far reaching Government Health Programmes (Tobacco Control, TB/ HIV co-infection, School Health, Save the Girl Child, Maternal & Child Health, Health Technology Assessment) and developing Evidence based Health Policy, Dr Modi has vast experience in M& E, operational research and teaching.

Dr Gopal Chauhan
State Nodal Officer, Tobacco Control,
Mental Health and School Health, Himachal Pradesh
As the state nodal officer for tobacco control, mental health and school health, Dr GopalChauhan has experience of many years in this field. With his leadership a number of activities are in progress to aware people of all walks of life to quit tobacco and lead a healthy life

Dr Rehana Kausar
Epidemiology and Public Health Division
Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir
Epidemiologist Dr.Rehana Kausar in Srinagar is a special name in the city. The doctor is known as one of the best general physicians in the area. The respect and appreciation she has earned in the medical field is not only limited to the patients from in and around the city but from faraway places.

 Saju V. Itty
Executive Director, Kerala Voluntary Health Services
Mr Saju V. Itty is the Executive Director of Kerala Voluntary Health Services which has been implementing a number of awareness programme to combat use of tobacco in the state. A project, implemented in partnership with The Union, provided Kerala VHS an opportunity of implementation of tobacco control measures in systematic and scientific manner in the state. Mr Itty has played a significant role in this.

Mukesh Kumar Sinha
Executive Director, Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association
Mukesh Kumar Sinha has played a pivotal role in tobacco control initiatives. Under his able guidance, MPHA greatly contributed to the enforcement of tobacco laws and making public places smoke-free in 8 districts of Indore division of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr.Binod Kumar Patro
Dept. of Family & Community Medicine and
Deputy Medical Superintendent
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Dr.Binod Kumar Patro earned his MBBS degree at MKCG Medical College, Berhampur and MD in Community Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Dr. Patro’s research interests include NCD prevention and control using evidence based low-cost interventions and the integration of primary health care and NCD prevention and control. Dr.Patro hopes to learn how to leverage public health leadership skills in NCD prevention and control.

Dr.Sitanshu Sekhar Kar
Additional Professor, Dept. of Preventive & Social Medicine
JIPMER, Puducherry
A post-graduate from PGIMER Chandigarh, Dr.SitanshuSekharKarhas acquired specialized skills and knowledge to work in the area of global tobacco control. He did Graduate Certificate Program on Tobacco Control, Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins University, The Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, US, in 2016- 2017.It was followed by Scholars’ Leadership program on Tobacco Control, Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, US, in 2018-19.

Awadhesh Kumar
Executive Director & Chairman, BalajeeSewaSansthan, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
balajeesewa@gmail.comAwadhesh Kumar comes with rich experience in micro-finance institution management, process structuring and internal audit functions. He has worked extensively in the field of livelihood generation, micro-finance and co-operative promotion in districts of Bihar. He is also part of the State Level Tobacco Control Co-ordination/Monitoring Commitee of Uttarakhand.

Nirmalya Mukherjee
Director, ManbhumAnanda Ashram Nityananda Trust, Kolkata
Nirmalya Mukherjee, Masters in Social Work, and Master of Public Health (from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand), has expertise in issues related to Public Health Administration, Health Literacy, women empowerment, micro-finance, Reproductive and Child Health, Adolescent Health, Micro–Planning, NGO-PRI interface et al. His papers have been published in reputed journals.

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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