Anushthana: Scaling Implementation of Tobacco Control Laws
An initiative of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) during the implementation of COTPA Act in ensuring signage in all stores related to prohibition of Tobacco and its related products.
This is a research study that aims to understand how to enhance and scale implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in India. It’s been
This study is supported through India Alliance early-career clinical and public health fellowship awarded to Pragati Hebbar.
- Dr. Pragati Hebbar, Principal Investigator, PhD Scholar, and DBT/WellCome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellow
- Vivek Dsouza, Research Officer
- Praveen Rao, Communications Consultant
- Kumaran P, Consultant- Communities of Practice
Gera Nagelhout, Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University
(CAPHRI) Constant ‘Onno’ Van Schayck, Department of Family Medicine, Maastricht
Dr. Giridhar Babu, Head-Lifecourse Epidemiology, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) & Intermediate Fellow, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance
Dr. Upendra Bhojani, Director, Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru
Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, MS (Dental Surgery), Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
Dr. Pratima Murthy, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
Dr. US Vishal Rao, MS (Otolaryngology), Member, High Power Committee on Tobacco Control, Government of Karnataka
Nikhil Gokani, Deputy Director, Law, and Non-Communicable Diseases Unit. Researcher, School of Law and Social Justice, Essex University, Liverpool, UK.
Dr. Prakash C Gupta, Director, PhD, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public
Dr. Prashanth NS, PhD, Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru.
Fellowship Supervisor and Primary sponsor:
Dr. Upendra Bhojani, PhD, Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru.External Sponsor:
Dr. Sara Van Belle, PhD, Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp.
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The webinars provide a platform and encourage dialogue amongst researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and implementers to address and provide solutions to complex public health problems related to tobacco control especially the implementation of tobacco control policies.
These webinars specifically engage with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes, and aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP), its progress and impact on health outcomes, and challenges/barriers in its implementation across various states in India.
EPISODE 1: Youth and Tobacco Control Policies in India
EPISODE 2: Implementing Ban on Tobacco Advertisements, Promotions, and Sponsorships
EPISODE 3: Prohibition of smoking in public places – implementation experiences
Episode 4: Role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tobacco Control
Episode 5: How Does Research Shape Tobacco Control Policies In India?
We participated in 12 national and international conferences and shared our work through eight oral and poster presentations.
The tobacco epidemic continues today, claiming the lives of about 8 million people worldwide every year. Increasing interference by the tobacco industry has been seen to be an obstacle to effective tobacco control.
The burden of tobacco-related illnesses is high in India, with about 1.35 million people dying each year. Despite comprehensive tobacco control laws and policies, implementation is varied among Indian states. The Anushthana project organized two regional...
Tobacco kills over one million adults in a high-burden country like India each year. Despite a comprehensive tobacco control law – the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, implementation remains varied across Indian states due to several contextual...
Thirteen members of the Chronic Conditions and Public Policies cluster at IPH actively participated in the three-day conference of the 5th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH). This three-day scientific programme focused on diverse public health issues and challenges in tobacco control at the national and sub-national level along with context-specific solutions for their replication towards achieving tobacco-free environments. There were plenary sessions, panel discussions, symposia, oral presentation, poster discussion, and workshops on many aspects of tobacco control which will pave the way towards building effective policy and program.
‘Symposium on Applied Research in Tobacco Control and Regional Stakeholder Meeting’ (Virtual) was held on 16th September 2021 in association with the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme and State Tobacco Control Cell, Government of Karnataka. Dr. Upendra Bhojani...
(BMJ) Tobacco Control recently published a paper by Dr. Upendra Bhojani and Riddhi Dsouza from the DEEP project at the Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru. The paper analysed how several states in India used food laws to ban certain smokeless tobacco products...