Orgainzed by

WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco at ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention & Research India in partnership with Tobacco Control Research Branch at National Cancer Institute USA

Educational objectives & Course Module

  • To introduce the SLT epidemic, WHO-FCTC, and MPOWER strategies.
  • To monitor SLT control efforts, surveillance and policies. Identify the types and sources of tobacco control evidence including surveillance data, epidemiological studies, intervention research, and program and policy evaluation with a focus on smokeless tobacco.
  • To describe SLT product regulation.
  • To recognize and describe communication approaches that are currently used to educate and inform individuals, communities and countries concerning tobacco control.
  • To articulate epidemiological, quantitative, and qualitative research and evaluation methods using specific tobacco control examples.

Week 1 : SLT epidemic and control

  • Historical background of the global tobacco epidemic and tobacco control efforts
  • SLT epidemic in SEAR and other developing countries

Week 2 : Adverse health effects of SLT

  • Myriad products multiple cancers: the health burden and dependence /Other diseases
  • Variety of products, their contents and constituents (Article 9 & 10)

Week 3 : Monitoring SLT control efforts and surveillance

  • Monitoring SLT control efforts and surveillance
  • SLT surveillance experiences from India

Week 4 : SLT and oral premalignant conditions

  • SLT and oral premalignant conditions

Week 5 : Smoke free and Tobacco Free Policies (Article 8)

  • Protection from exposure to SHS: learning for SLT control
  • Non-cigarette products and Dual use burden: challenges and opportunities

Week 6 : Tobacco Cessation Strategies for Smokeless Tobacco Users (Article 14)

  • Introduction to tobacco cessation – The fundamentals
  • Challenges and opportunities for SLT Cessation

Week 7 : FCTC and MPOWER

  • Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and SLT
  • Implementing MPOWER Strategies for SLT control

Week 8 : BAN - Tobacco Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) (Article 13)

  • Smokeless TAPS – A monster with multiple heads
  • Leaking TAPS - The scenario in the Southeast Asia Region

Week 9 : Protection of minors (Article 16)

  • SLT use – the gateway to addiction for minors

Week 10 : Smokeless Tobacco Industry (Article 5.3)

  • Protecting tobacco control policies from the tobacco industry
  • Tackling tobacco industry interference in implementing SLT policies

Week 11 : Laws, Policies and Litigation on SLT (Article 19)

  • Strengthening SLT control – the opportunities under existing domestic and FCTC framework
  • Liability of tobacco industry - Global experiences and lessons for SLT control

Week 12 : Role of Health Professionals and Research Institutes in SLT Control

  • Integrating SLT control in other health streams

Week 13 : Warning Labels, Strategic Communication and Mass Media Role in SLT Control (Article 11 and 12)

  • Impact and status of warning labels on SLT products
  • Role of mass media campaigns in advancing SLT control – Experiences from LMICs
  • Spending in awareness promotes cessation (Article 12)

Week 14 : Taxation and Economics (Article 6)

  • Avoidable deaths from SLT use: The economic case for SLT control
  • The cost of SLT Burden and link to poverty
  • Tobacco Taxation: Overview and challenges for SLT
  • SLT taxation in India and Bangladesh

Week 15 : Packaging and Labeling of SLT products

  • Packaging and Labeling of SLT products


Prof. Ravi Mehrotra

Director, NICPR & WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Dr. Mark Parascandola

Program Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute, USA

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Nodal Officer,WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Prof. Dr. Dhirendra N Sinha

Chairman, School of Preventive Oncology, Patna Bihar

Dr. Prakash C Gupta

Director, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health

Dr. Amit Yadav

Project Coordinator,WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Dr. Manu Raj Mathur

Head: Health Policy & Additional Professor Public Health Foundation of India

Dr. Ravi Kaushik

Assistant Professor of Physiology, Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University) & Associated Hospitals,

Dr. Irina Stepanov

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences,Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Ms. Hanna Ollila

Knowledge Hub Manager, Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions Unit National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Dr. Zohaib Khan

Director, Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC), Khyber Medical University,

Dr. Ghazi Zaatari

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB)

Dr Tibor Szilagyi

Team Leader, Reporting and Knowledge Management, Convention Secretariat, WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Suneela Garg

Director Professor HAG & Ex Head Community Medicine,Advisor ICMR Member Task Force DBT, Honorary Secretary General - Sound Hearing 2030, Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated hospitals New Delhi 110002

Mr Dominique Nguyen

Technical Officer, Reporting and Knowledge Management,World Health Organization

Ms. Gemma Vestal

Technical Officer (Legal) ,Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) of the World Health Organization

Ms. Marine Perraudin

Technical Officer (Legal) ,Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) of the World Health Organization

Prof. Pratima Murthy

Professor of Psychiatry & Head the Centre for Addiction Medicine at National Institute Of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore ,India

Dr. Sunil Goel

Additional Professor of Health Management, School of Public Health, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh-160012, India

Dr. Rijo John