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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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