CCT Presence at The 49th Union Conference on Lung Health

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 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health was held from 24 to 27 October 2018 at The Hague in The Netherlands.

Participation at the conference has been a very successful experience for the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), earning recognition for the tobacco industry observatory in Sri Lanka. A symposium titled ‘Monitoring the tobacco industry:  a vital factor in tobacco control’ was coordinated and led by the CCT team along with the South African and Brazil Tobacco Industry observatories. Dr. Manuja Perera, the deputy Director of the CCT spoke on “Industry monitoring in south Asia and the role of the Sri Lankan observatory in advocacy and action”. Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, Director of the CCT, organised, coordinated and chaired the symposium and facilitated a lively highly engaged discussion.

CCT team made several oral and poster presentations highlighting their tobacco industry monitoring activities. Mr. Ishara Fernando his oral paper titled “Why do Farmers Cultivate Tobacco? A Case Study from Sri Lanka”; Mr. Sameera Lakmal presented a short oral discussion titled “Tobacco Retailers’ Association – The beginning of ‘Front Groups’ in Sri Lanka”. The paper titled “A Youth Internship Program to Promote the Image of the Tobacco Industry: A Case Study from Sri Lanka” by Ms. P.R. Vithanage, a free-lance reporter of CCT, had also been selected for an oral presentation and was presented by Dr. Manuja Perera in her absence.

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