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The Union staff and partners took part in the fourth National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) in Mumbai, India, in February.

The NCTOH is held annually in India and focuses on strengthening the implementation of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) MPOWER policies and the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP).

Dr Rana J Singh, The Union’s Tobacco Control Lead in India, chaired the Scientific Committee of this year’s conference. Dr Singh said: "It was an honour to chair the Scientific Committee. A large number of high quality scientific papers were presented during three days and I hope that those who attended the conference learned a lot and are equipped with the tobacco control tools to help end tobacco use in India."

Dr Gan Quan, the Director of The Union’s Tobacco Control Department, participated in the Tobacco-Free Generation panel session and chaired two sessions on promoting tobacco control research in India and combatting tobacco industry interference.

The Union also organised a plenary session entitled 10 Years of NTCP, a workshop to strengthen monitoring, evaluation and research, and a symposium on tobacco industry interference and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3.

The Union staff and partners presented more than 10 abstracts at the conference, supported the State Tobacco Control Cell of Maharashtra in their NTCP training, and distributed hundreds of technical resource materials.

 

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