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National Summit on World No Tabacco Day 2020

1. Plenary Session on WNTD Theme:

Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use. Speakers of the sessions:

  • Dr. Monika Arora, Director – Health Promotion Division & Additional Professor, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi-
  • Dr Upendra Bhojani, Director, Institute for Public Health, Bangalore-
  • Mr. Ashish Pandey, Deputy Director (Tobacco Control), The Union, New York, USA
  • Ms. Vaishakhi Mallik, Associate Director (India), Vital Strategies, New Delhi, India –

2. Symposium 1: Achieving Tobacco Free Generation-A Global and National Perspective

Speakers of the Session:

  • Dr. Selvaraj Markandan, Deputy Director Medical, Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell Health: TFG initiative by Govt of Karnataka
  • Ms. Opinder P Kaur, President, Generation Saviour Association, Mohali, Punjab
  • Dr. Amit Yadav, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California, USA

3. Short Oral Presentations: Advancing National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) at state level


State Nodal Officers/State Consultants/TC implementers and experts, Academia: UP, Jharkhand, J&K, Karnataka and Punjab

4. Panel Discussion: Smokeless Tobacco (SLT) /Pan Masala and spitting ban during COVID and beyond

Speakers of the session:

  • Mr. Ranjit Singh, Legal Expert, New Delhi, India
  • Mr. Deepak Mishra, Executive Director – Socio Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), Bihar
  • Dr. Alok Kumar, Joint Director (Health) /Nodal Officer – Tobacco Control, Lucknow- U.P
  • Dr. S N Dholpuria, Joint Director Rural Health/Nodal Officer – NTCP Rajasthan

5. Symposium 2: Regional Session: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers of the Session

  • Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, Director, CCT, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Syed Mahbubal Alam Tahin Technical Advisor, The Union Bangladesh:
  • Dr. Nidhi Sejpal, Senior Technical Advisor, Tobacco Control, The Union SEA office
  • Mr. Hassan Mohamad, Director, Health Protection Agency, MoH, Govt of Maldives

6. E-Poster Presentation: Tobacco Control and NTCP

    • Mr. Prabhakara, Project Manager in The Union/STCC Karnataka
    • Mr. Nirmalya Mukherjee, Director, and Head- Health Service Delivery, ICT, Tobacco Control, Research, and Community Media; at MANT, Kolkata
    • Mr. Deepak Mishra, Executive Director with Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), New Delhi, India.
    • Dr. Preethi John, Dean, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Chitkara University Chandigarh
    • Dr. Aastha Chugh Research Officer HRIDAY, New Delhi

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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