International Conference on Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation

Friday, August 20, 2021 - 16:30 to Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 22:00 (GMT+5:30)

Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally, accounting for 19.3 million cases and 10 million deaths in 2020. In recent years, cancer has been resurging due to a variety of reasons like physical and chemical carcinogens, ultra violet and ionizing radiations, Infectious agents and unhealthy diet and lifestyle, but tobacco is still counted as most common risk factor for cancer.

A major risk factor for Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), tobacco-use causes the death of over 8 million people per year around the world. In India, tobacco-related cancers accounted for 27% of the country's cancer burden in 2020, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Tobacco use impoverishes families, impacts their well-being, increases inequalities, and damages both the society and the economy. These impact global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which envision a more equitable, healthy and sustainable world. Tobacco revenue is fundamentally at odds with public health initiatives and not a sustainable economic growth strategy. In addition, tobacco has a negative impact on economies due to illicit trade, climate change and pollution; and is linked to human rights abuses and child labour. Tobacco use burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year.

The direct health expenditure on treating tobacco related diseases alone accounts for 5.3% of total private and public health spending in India in a year — a drain on both the public health system and the economy, which no country can afford. With nearly 29% adults using tobacco, India is the second leading consumer of tobacco products after China. The result is a catastrophic death toll of close to 13.5 lakh preventable deaths per year.

Greater regulation of tobacco through comprehensive fiscal and non-fiscal policies through increasing taxes on tobacco products on an annual basis, without exception, to make all tobacco products unaffordable is the need at present. In addition, greater investment in the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) will also fast-track implementation of tobacco control and broad-based MPOWER package of policies and interventions to reverse the tobacco epidemic.

The good news is that a large number of cancers can be prevented. It is estimated that as many as one-thirds of all cancer cases are linked to tobacco use. This number may even be higher but we know that one third of all the cancer deaths in this country could be prevented by eliminating the use of tobacco products.

Tobacco use is linked to cancers of the lung, bladder, mouth, colon, kidney, throat, voice box, esophagus, lip. The chance that an individual will develop cancer in response to tobacco use depends on several interacting factors—how long and how often a person is consuming tobacco, his/her exposure to other agents, and genetic factors.

The tobacco industry continues to promote tobacco use with very strong and powerful marketing campaigns targeted particularly at youth populations. It is therefore very important to counter the dissemination of misinformation and to raise awareness about this complex topic encompassing several health and socio-economic domains. This includes education about e-cigarettes and emerging heated tobacco products.

Taking this background in consideration, Indian Society of Clinical Oncology is planning to organize “International Conference on Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation” on 20 th to 21 st August, 2021 at Delhi, India in virtual mode.

Event Information

Indian Society of Clinical Oncology
Virtual - F-11, South Extention Part - 1 Delhi Delhi 110049 India
Last update: 
Monday 4 October 2021