National Consultation on “Effective Implementation of Measures for Control of Smokeless Tobacco (SLT) use in India"
National Consultation on “Effective implementation of measures for control of Smokeless Tobacco (SLT) use in India” organized on 18 th - 19 th Feb. 2020 at Patna, Bihar. National Consultation for regulating Smokeless tobacco was organized by the ICMR National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida on 18 th and 19 th Feb, 2020 in Bihar, Patna in support of The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease under a project “Effective implementation of tax and TAPS measures for prevention and control of smokeless tobacco in South East Asia Region”.
The meeting facilitated an exclusive discussion on exploring legal and policy provisions for SLT control at the state and National level along with examining the existing policies and laws on regulation of manufacture, sale, distribution etc. of Smokeless Tobacco products.
Shri. Mangal Pandey, Hon’ble Health Minister Bihar, Sh. Sanjay Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary (Health) & Commissioner Food Safety, Sh. Manoj Kumar, IAS, Executive Director, State Health Society, Bihar, Sh. Kaushal Kishore, IAS, Additional Secretary, Health Department Govt. of Bihar, Dr. L. Swasticharan, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, Sh. Deepak Mishra, SEEDS, Patna, Bihar and the Food Safety Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners from total 11 states i.e. Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Nagaland, Sikkim, Kerala and Bihar along with the Food Safety Officers from different districts of Bihar has participated in the meeting.
Dr. Shalini Singh, Director, ICMR National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research and WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco along with the dignitaries from ministry has released the NICPR Factsheets regarding Smokeless Tobacco Control in India as well as in Bihar.
The meeting concluded with the discussion of gaps and challenges faced by the State and a series of state wise recommendations, if implemented, could significantly reduce the burden of smokeless tobacco and improve the tobacco control policies in these high burden states of India.