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India to host Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
For the first time, India will be hosting Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and India is expected to push for incorporating smokeless tobacco at the conference.

India will be hosting the Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) during November 7-12, 2016.

The conference will be inaugurated by Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

An official from the Health Ministry said that India has a large number of people who are using smokeless form of tobacco so India's effort will be to put it on the agenda of FCTC.

"India has taken significant steps to implement decisions of previous COP sessions. As per the decisions taken during the Sixth Session of COP6, the government has set up a global knowledge hub on smokeless tobacco at National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) which serves as a repository of knowledge related to smokeless tobacco," the ministry said.

India has already implemented the decision to enforce 85 per cent pictorial warning on tobacco products but the decision to remove all branding from the products has yet not been implemented.

Around 1,500 delegates from 180 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

India has claimed to put in maximum efforts to reduce tobacco smoking and consumption. Recently, the Ministry of Health made a plea to the Finance Ministry that the government should not own any stake in tobacco firms.

The government has been criticizsed by various NGOs and activists for heavily investing in ITC, while claiming that India is committed to reduce tobacco consumption & smoking in the country.

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