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Promoting Smoke-free Workplaces in India

HRIDAY and Public Health Foundation of India, on behalf of the Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC) and in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), World Economic Forum, The Union and American Cancer Society organized a “Workshop on Worksite Wellness: Focus on Smoke- free Workplaces” in 2009The workshop, attended by representative from 26 companies from India, stressed upon the urgent need to create worker friendly worksites and also laid emphasis on the management’s responsibility to ensure smoke-free workplaces, so that the right of a non-smoker is not infringed. A resource kit entitled ‘Worksite Wellness: A Resource Kit for Smoke-free Workplaces’ and two posters on smoke-free workplaces were released during the event.

To carry the momentum forward, a high level symposium was organized on the same issue during 14th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH) in Mumbai. In this unique symposium, the corporate leaders discussed worksite wellness initiative to promote smoke-free workplaces in India. All the organizations represented in the event signed the statement of commitment, “the smoke-free workplaces initiative-Mumbai Declaration” for promoting smoke-free workplaces in presence of then Hon’ble Health Minister Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss.

The event reinforced the much needed thrust for worksite wellness initiative in India bringing to the fore impending occupational health concerns owing to the use of tobacco at workplaces.

Session Resources 

Session 1 - Introduction to Indian Worksite Wellness Program (1)

Session 2 – Smoking and the workplace

Session 3 – The Indian smoke-free law: An overview of the worksite wellness resource kit and posters

Session 4: Case-study on worksite wellness

Session 5: Tobacco cessation and workplaces

Session 6: Road map for a way forward