To be a part of a national tobacco control leadership programme starts today, 75 participants, including health and policy-making experts from India and abroad, have gathered in South Goa.
The five-day programme is aimed to curb the consumption of tobacco products and effective implementation of laws in favour of it.
The program is helmed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), will also see the participation of senior officials from the Health Ministry, Labour Ministry, from other stakeholders.
The programme is part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, and implemented through the Johns Hopkins University of the US, said Stephen Tamplin, Associate Scientist, Institute for Global Tobacco Control, JHSPH.
It also seeks to strengthen skills in policy intervention development and to enhance collaboration and networking with other partners in the tobacco control movement.
Over 11 per cent of 6.4 million deaths worldwide were caused by smoking in 2015 and 52.2 per cent of them took place in China, India, the US, and Russia, according to the estimates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in medical journal The Lancet, last year.