Global Health Histories Seminar 104: ‘Tobacco Control – Histories & Current Global Challenges’

April 24, 2018, University of York, UK

You are warmly invited to attend Global Health Histories Seminar 104: ‘Tobacco Control – Histories & Current Global Challenges’, which will be held at the University of York, UK on Tuesday 24th April 2018.

Global Health Histories Seminar 104

‘Tobacco Control – Histories & Current Global Challenges’

24 April 2018, 13:30 pm

Venue: P/L/002, Exhibition Centre, University of York, UK

Admission: Free and open to all – please register at

Speakers: Dr. Lakshmi C. Somatunga (Deputy Director General (Medical Services) Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine Sri Lanka), & Professor Kamran Siddiqi (Department of Health Sciences, University of York)

The second half of the twentieth century was marked by increasing efforts to curb tobacco consumption and exposure. In the new millennium, the 2005 WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first ever public health treaty, was developed by countries to tackle the factors leading to ill health from tobacco. Whilst significant progress had been made since then, many global challenges remain.

This seminar will explore those challenges, with specific reference to South Asia. The expert panel will consider the priorities, strategies and tests facing the accelerated tobacco control programme in Sri Lanka, and the use of smokeless tobacco products which are responsible for more than half a million deaths per year yet remain neglected in policy and research. The event will also consider how such issues are considered and dealt with in the context of Universal Health Coverage frameworks.

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The Global Health Histories seminar series is a collaboration between the Division of Information, Evidence, Research & Innovation (DIR) at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH), which is part of the Department of History at the University of York, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Posted: March 28, 2018