Union Health Minister conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award of contribution to global tobacco control

Mr J.P. Nadda, Union Health & Family Welfare Minister was conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award at a national consultation held in New Delhi on prioritizing and accelerating tobacco control efforts for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Tobacco pack warnings save lives

To commemorate the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016 and create greater awareness about why India needs to say NO to tobacco, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) and WHO Country Office for India in collaboration with HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth) organized a technical consultation on 30 May 2016 in New Delhi.

Tobacco Free Initiative

The Tobacco Free Initiative at WCO India provides technical assistance for implementation and monitoring of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the country through intersectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration and strengthening the capacity of the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) at national and sub national level.

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Burden of noncommunicable diseases

60%of all deaths in India are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is one of the major risk factors

Country Profile Noncommunicable Diseases
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Tobacco's toll

900 000people die each year in India from tobacco use

Tobacco Control in India
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5 Feb 2004India ratifies the WHO FCTC

Parties to the WHO FCTC