ijph suppl 1 2017 web approval
ISSN : 0019-557X
The Indian Journal of Public Health,nor its printer and distributor, nor any other party involved in the preparation of material contained in the Indian Journal of Public Health represents orwarrants that the information contained herein is in every respect accurate or complete, and they are not responsible for any errors or omissions or forthe results obtained from the use of such material. This is all the more signiicant in light of a large variety of smokeless tobacco andrelated products prevalent across the region, weak enforcement of existing smokeless tobacco regulatory laws, and recentaggressive marketing of areca nut products such as supari and pan masala by the industry, especially in countries attemptingto enforce some sort of ban on smokeless tobacco products.
1. GBD 2015 Risk Factors Collaborators. Global, regional, and national South-East Asia Region – A Practical Approach. New Delhi: World comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and Health Organization, Regional Ofice for South-East Asia; 2017
This is all the more signiicant in light of a large variety of smokeless tobacco andrelated products prevalent across the region, weak enforcement of existing smokeless tobacco regulatory laws, and recentaggressive marketing of areca nut products such as supari and pan masala by the industry, especially in countries attemptingto enforce some sort of ban on smokeless tobacco products. Second, till full-ledged guidelines and “state-of-the-art” tobacco testing laboratoriesare available, it is important to develop practical and scalable guidelines for testing and measuring the “main” contents ofpopular and commonly prevalent smokeless tobacco products in the SEAR and for setting up a “basic” tobacco testinglaboratory within the resources available at the country level to test and measure these contents.
2. IARC. Smokeless Tobacco and Some Tobacco-Speciic Nitrosamines
Notably, the working group in its inal report during the seventh session of the “Conference of Parties,” (COP) the governingbody of the WHO FCTC comprised of all the parties to the convention, identiied adopting legislation to enable litigationto be pursued for enforcing existing tobacco control laws as one of the options for the parties. We are grateful to the following individuals and institutions who participated in the survey: teachers and the Ministryof Education, including the Ofice of the Basic EducationCommission, the Ofice of the Private Education Commission, and Ofice of the Higher Education Commission; Ministry ofInterior (Department of Local Administration); and BangkokMetropolitan Administration (Department of Education), ield workers from the Department of Disease Control and othernetworks.
2. The Tobacco Atlas: Thailand. Available from: http://www.tobaccoatlas
R efeRences The authors acknowledge the guidance of Director General and Deputy Director General of Department of Public Healthof Ministry of Health and Sports Myanmar and collaboration and technical support of the World Health Organization(Myanmar country ofice and SEARO) and inancial and technical support of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC), Atlanta, United States. This is a veritable “tragedy of the commons” situation: Monies from the public treasuryare used for industry to produce a substance that the public consumes (tobacco), the use of which results in health costscollectively that are imposed on the national economy and the exchequer.