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A Monograph on Smokeless Tobacco in India – A Project of WHO-SEARO
 
The recommendation for the preparation of a monograph on smokeless tobacco in India came out of a national consultation organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India in partnership with the World Health Organisation South East Asia Region (WHO SEARO) and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in April 4-5, 2011 in New Delhi, with the participation of Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 
 
The rationale for the report was that smokeless tobacco has become a major public health concern in India where there are over 200 million users among both males and females; at the same time, globally, smokeless tobacco had increasingly become a public health concern, as cigarette companies had entered into the smokeless tobacco market. Nevertheless, the relevant information could not be obtained at one place. The objectives of the monograph were to build a database of public health evidence on the problem of smokeless tobacco and address information gaps. The report would also identify research needs and recommend policies. It was envisioned as a resource for policy makers. 
The concept proposal for the monograph for India was developed at a stakeholders meeting on October, 17, 2011 in New Delhi. The eighteen chapters decided for the monograph were allotted to four different lead agencies, PHFI, Healis, WHO SEARO and CDC to oversee and produce. The chapters allotted to Healis included Marketing, Women, Dual Tobacco Use All-Cause Mortality, Cancer and Health Communications. Healis was requested to coordinate the project and Dr. Prakash Gupta to provide the lead editorial oversight. 
 
Authors were drawn mainly from among experts in India, not limited to those in the lead agencies or stakeholder organizations. At an author’s meeting in New Delhi jointly organized by Healis and the other partners during November 21- 22, 2012, the authors presented the contents of their chapters. The chapters are currently under peer review and authors are expected to submit their final chapters on January 31, 2013. The release of the monograph is planned to take place on 25th September 2013 at the planned Endgame Conference in New Delhi, being organized by PHFI.
 
 
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