National Level Media Workshop on Current issues in Tobacco Control

The sole objective of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, is to improve public health by discouraging tobacco consumption. Therefore it is imperative that media persons understand the background as well as provisions under the Act and its various notifications. As a part of its effort towards generating greater awareness about tobacco control law and their implementation; Healis – Sekhsaria organized one day National Level Media Workshop.

Venue: Shiva Hall, Hotel Ambassador, Mumbai
Date: December 16th, 2009
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1130 Hrs onwards

The main focus of workshop was on the following issues:

• WHO – Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

• Current trends on implementation of tobacco law

• Interference of Tobacco Company in dilution of law

• Prohibition on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

The workshop was addressed by:

• Dr. P. C. Gupta, Director, Healis - Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health

• Ms. Seema Sood, Chief Operating Officer, Salam Bombay Foundation

• Dr. P. Chaturvedi, Associate Professor, TATA Memorial Hospital

• Mr. Deepak Kumar, Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise, Mumbai

Aims and Objectives:

• To sensitize media to current issues in tobacco control.

• To highlight activities being conducted by tobacco companies for surrogate promotion of the brands.

• To highlight legal and financial implications of activities being undertaken by tobacco companies.

Media Attendees:

Total Media turnout - 56
Electronic Channels-3
Radio Channels-1
Wire Agency-1

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