The 50th UNION World Conference on Lung Health, 30th October – 2 November 2019. Hyderabad, India

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the largest assembly of activists, policy makers, researchers and community advocates on lung health. Tobacco control is one of the major fields covered by the conference. The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health was held from 30th October to 02nd November 2019 at The Hyderabad in The India.

Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, Director of the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), Dr. Manuja Perera, the Deputy Project Director of CCT and Editor and Ms.Saduri Kandeepan participated in the conference. The CCT team participated in following activities during the conference:
• MPOWER Research group subcommittee meeting and the launch of the ‘White Paper on TB and Tobacco’ by the Hon. Health minister of Bihar and other dignitaries. This discusses about the role of tobacco control in reaching the ambitious goal of ending TB epidemic by 2030.
• Members meeting of Tobacco control section of International Union against TB and Lung diseases
• The smoke free Hyderabad campaign- Hyderabad police and The Union organized smoke free Hyderabad Campaign. The campaign stresses on due implementation of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, that includes the prohibition of advertising and regulation of tobacco products.
• Tobacco control symposiums, tobacco control section meeting.

CCT team made oral, short oral, poster and e poster presentations highlighting their tobacco industry monitoring activities under the themes “All hands on deck: tools to advance tobacco control” “Enduring the power of MPOWER” “Continuing to interfere: the persistence of the tobacco industry” and “Fighting back: keeping the tobacco industry at bay. The abstracts presented by the CCT team can be found in the website in the publications section.

Further, the participants from the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT) coordinated by the CCT who attended the conference met on 01.11.2019 to discuss the progress and the future of the initiative.

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