About Us

Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT) is the Sri Lankan tobacco observatory established at the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The aim of the CCT is to monitor the tobacco industry activities related to implementation of Article 5.3 in Sri Lanka and the region. Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a treaty, an agreement under international law, adopted in May 2003 by the 56th World Health Assembly, of the World Health Organization (WHO). FCTC entered into force from February 2005, legally binding 180 ratifying countries as of 2017. FCTC Article 5.3 requires Parties to protect their public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (www.med.cmb.ac.lk ), provides technical expertise for the project and acts as the coordinating body in development and maintenance of the Centre. One of the first Medical Faculties to be established in the region, with its extensive and esteemed academic capacity, provide a supportive environment to achieve the intended objectives, ensuring scientific merit of the information generated and disseminated. Our implementation partners include; Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol(NATA)Sri Lanka and the Expert Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA). The project was powered by Framework Convention on Tobacco Control(FCTC)Secretariat and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and technical assistance was provided by the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath and the Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education, University of California San Francisco.