Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF) is dedicated to keeping children tobacco-free by empowering them to refuse tobacco and become change agents in their communities.To make this vision a reality, SBF works at the individual, community, and policy levels.SBF adopts a holistic approach to designing its programs based on an understanding that tobacco addiction is a result of multiple factors:low self-esteem, lack of refusal skills, inability to deal with peer pressure, alongside societal norms, industry practices, and tobacco control policies.With this understanding, SBF’s work focuses on four program areas:
Empowering children to refuse tobacco and become change agents
Engaging policymakers and administrators to support tobacco control policies
Increasing public awareness on the harms of tobacco via mass media campaigns
Building capacity of local leaders to join the tobacco control movement
HEALIS Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health conducts population-based epidemiologic research especially related to tobacco control and has published numerous seminal research results in international scientific journals. The Institute takes lead in preparing state-of-the-art reports on problems that are unique to India. It works towards converting research into policies that promote public health
The Institute has several ongoing research projects in international collaborations with prominent institutions. To name a few: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston: University of Michigan, USA, and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Action Council against Tobacco – India (ACT – INDIA)
Action Council against Tobacco – India (ACT – INDIA) is a registered non-profit (NGO) established in 1993. Its goal is to create a ‘Tobacco Free Society’ in India by preventing non-users of tobacco particularly adolescents from getting addicted to tobacco and stopping the use of tobacco among those who have the habit by introducing appropriate cessation strategies.
ACT-India has undertaken numerous activities at the local and national levels to further it’s goals. Public information and education programs, advocacy and lobbying with policy makers for increased taxation and strong legislative controls for tobacco, conducting workshops for training and developing large number of tobacco control advocates in India are some of these activities. ACT-India provides scientific support to individuals and organizations for fighting the tobacco menace through legal means. Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC) was born out of an ACT-India advocacy initiative that was supported by the American Cancer Society, Atlanta GA: Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA and Advocacy Institute, Washington DC. The “SMOKEFREE MUMBAI CAMPAIGN”, spearheaded by ACT-India, has dramatically reduced the incidence of exposure to passive smoking in public spaces in Mumbai, including restaurants and public transport.
The Tata Memorial Hospital was initially commissioned by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust on February 28, 1941 as a centre with enduring value and a mission for concern for the Indian people. In 1952 the Indian Cancer Research Centre was established as a pioneer research institute for basic research. Today the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and the Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) come under the ambit of Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) which is a grant-in-aid organization of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. Training courses at the Tata Memorial Centre are governed by the Homi Bhabha National University. Every year over 70,000 new patients visit the TMH from all over India and neighbouring countries. Over 70% patients are treated almost free of any charges. Over 1000 patients attend the OPD daily for medical advice, comprehensive care or for follow-up treatment. Cancer prevention (including tobacco control) and early detection are a priority at Tata Memorial Centre.