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About the study:

This study aims to check the prevalence and patterns of smoking behaviour in India, to examine the impact of specific tobacco control policies implemented in India and to compare smoking behaviour and the impact of policies between India and other ITC countries.

Type of study:

Longitudinal cohort study

Timeline:

01 Feb, 2017 to 31 Oct, 2019

Collaborators:

University of Waterloo, Canada

Study Participants:

A total of 2000 tobacco users and 600 non-users from urban and rural population sample are selected from each of the four states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar for the study. Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the TCP India project have already been executed. As a follow-up, Wave 3 will include re-contact of participants recruited in Wave 1 and Wave across these four states.

About the study:

This study aims to prospectively measure Community Tobacco Environmental (CTE) factors (i.e., objective assessments of community level compliance with tobacco control laws, availability of all forms of tobacco products including gutkha and e-cigarettes, and the presence of tobacco vendors and advertisements).

Type of study:

Longitudinal Cohort study extending over a period of five years

Timeline:

August 2016-December 2021

Collaborators:

University of Michigan, USA UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Mangesh S Pednekar, Dr. Ritesh Mistry, Dr. Prakash C. Gupta (Co-investigator), Dr. William McCarthy (Co-investigator), Prof. Trivellore Raghunathan (Co-investigator).

Study Participants:

Approximately 2000 adolescents and their parents will be surveyed and followed up over a period of four years in two cities in India- Mumbai and Kolkata.

Publications:

Longitudinal study of adolescent tobacco use and tobacco control policies in India.

Current Status:

As on December 2018
Data collection is currently ongoing in both cities as a part of baseline survey (Wave 1).

About the study:

This study aims to determine the feasibility of building the capacity of cluster coordinators to train and support principals in program implementation and maintenance in schools and for the Dept. of Education to sustain the program.

Type of study:

Intervention Dissemination

Timeline:

July 2017-December 2021

Collaborators:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard T.Chan School of Public Health USA

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Prakash C. Gupta, Dr. Glorian Sorensen, Dr. Mangesh S. Pednekar (Co-investigator), Dr. Eve M. Nagler (Co-investigator), Dr. K. Viswanath (Co-investigator), Dr. Harry A. Lando (Co-investigator), Dr. Jane J. Kim(Co-investigator)

Study Participants:

Cluster coordinators, headmasters and other school personnel in Bihar.

Publications:

Scaling up a tobacco control intervention in low resource settings: a case example for school teachers in India.

Current Status:

As on December 2018
Intervention implementation is currently in progress.

About the study:

This study investigates the relationship between carcinogen content in smokeless tobacco (SLT) products and relevant exposures as well as oral/head and neck cancer (OHNC) risk in users of these products, while concurrently building capacity for a sustainable tobacco carcinogenesis research program in India.

Type of study:

Laboratory Epidemiology

Timeline:

August 2017- July 2022

Collaborators:

University of Minnesota, Tata Memorial Hospital

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, Dr. Samir S. Khariwala, Dr. Irina Stepanov, Dr. Vikram Gota (Co-investigator), Dr. Prakash C. Gupta (Co-investigator), Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami (Co-investigator), Dr. Saonli Basu (Co-investigator).

Study Participants:

Patients with oral head and neck cancer and healthy smokeless tobacco users.

Current Status:

As on December 2018
Project protocol and questionnaire finalization is currently in progress.
Recruitment of study participants has begun.
Tobacco products are being collected from across India.