Launch of the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT)
The South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT) was launched by the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), Sri Lanka, along with the representatives from the region, on 15th July 2019 at the Galle Face hotel, Colombo. The main purpose of establishing the SARC-CCT is to monitor tobacco industry interference and implementation of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in South Asia. CCT provides technical expertise for the project and acts as the coordinating body in development and functioning of the SARC-CCT. Powered by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), it is partnered by a range of tobacco control related government and civil society organizations from South Asian countries, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan.