Orgainzed by

WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco at ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention & Research India in partnership with Tobacco Control Research Branch at National Cancer Institute USA

Educational objectives & Course Module

  • To introduce the SLT epidemic, WHO-FCTC, and MPOWER strategies.
  • To monitor SLT control efforts, surveillance and policies. Identify the types and sources of tobacco control evidence including surveillance data, epidemiological studies, intervention research, and program and policy evaluation with a focus on smokeless tobacco.
  • To describe SLT product regulation.
  • To recognize and describe communication approaches that are currently used to educate and inform individuals, communities and countries concerning tobacco control.
  • To articulate epidemiological, quantitative, and qualitative research and evaluation methods using specific tobacco control examples.

Week 1 : SLT epidemic and control

  • Historical background of the global tobacco epidemic and tobacco control efforts
  • SLT epidemic in SEAR and other developing countries

Week 2 : Adverse health effects of SLT

  • Myriad products multiple cancers: the health burden and dependence /Other diseases
  • Variety of products, their contents and constituents (Article 9 & 10)

Week 3 : FCTC and MPOWER

  • Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and SLT
  • Implementing MPOWER Strategies for SLT control

Week 4 : Monitoring SLT control efforts and surveillance

  • Global tobacco surveillance system and SLT
  • Monitoring SLT use in SEAR
  • SLT surveillance experiences from India

Week 5 : Smoke free and Tobacco Free Policies (Article 8)

  • Protection from exposure to SHS: learning for SLT control
  • Non-cigarette products and Dual use burden: challenges and opportunities

Week 6 : Monitoring SLT control efforts and surveillance

  • Introduction to tobacco cessation – The fundamentals
  • Challenges and opportunities for SLT Cessation
  • SLT cessation in LMICs– experiences from India

Week 7 : Warning Labels, Strategic Communication and Mass Media Role in SLT Control (Article 11 and 12)

  • Impact and status of warning labels on SLT products
  • Role of mass media campaigns in advancing SLT control – Experiences from LMICs
  • Spending in awareness promotes cessation (Article 12)

Week 8 : BAN - Tobacco Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) (Article 13)

  • Smokeless TAPS – A monster with multiple heads
  • Leaking TAPS - The scenario in the Southeast Asia Region

Week 9 : Taxation and Economics (Article 6)

  • Avoidable deaths from SLT use: The economic case for SLT control
  • The cost of SLT Burden and link to poverty
  • Tobacco Taxation: Overview and challenges for SLT
  • SLT taxation in India and Bangladesh

Week 10 : Smokeless Tobacco Industry (Article 5.3)

  • Protecting tobacco control policies from the tobacco industry
  • Tackling tobacco industry interference in implementing SLT policies

Week 11 : Laws, Policies and Litigation on SLT (Article 19)

  • Strengthening SLT control – the opportunities under existing domestic and FCTC framework
  • Liability of tobacco industry - Global experiences and lessons for SLT control

Week 12 : Role of Health Professionals and Research Institutes in SLT Control

  • Role of global knowledge hub on advancing SLT research
  • Integrating SLT control in other health streams
  • Research priorities for SLT control

Week 13 : Protection of minors (Article 16)

  • SLT use – the gateway to addiction for minors

Week 14 : Alternative livelihood and cropping (Article 17 & 18)

  • Economically viable alternatives for farmers, workers and retailers of smokeless tobacco


Prof. Ravi Mehrotra

Director, NICPR & WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Dr. Mark Parascandola

Program Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute, USA

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Nodal Officer,WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Prof. Dr. Dhirendra N Sinha

Chairman, School of Preventive Oncology, Patna Bihar

Dr. Prakash C Gupta

Director, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health

Dr. Amit Yadav

Project Coordinator,WHO FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco

Dr. Manu Raj Mathur

Head: Health Policy & Additional Professor Public Health Foundation of India

Dr. Ravi Kaushik

Assistant Professor of Physiology, Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University) & Associated Hospitals,

Dr. Irina Stepanov

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences,Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Ms. Hanna Ollila

Knowledge Hub Manager, Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions Unit National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland