The Anusthana protocol document published on BMJ


Dr Pragati Hebbar together with Vivek Dsouza, Upendra Bhojani, Onno CP van Schayck, Dr. Giridhara Babu and Gera Nagelhout are co-authors of a protocol paper entitled “Implementation Research for Adopting Tobacco Control Policies at Scale in India: A Realist Evaluation Study Protocol “. This protocol is part of the “Anushthana” project and outlines the five-year study undertaken within the Chronic Conditions and Public Policy cluster at the Institute of Public Health (IPH). Tobacco use is responsible for 1.3 million deaths in India each year and is a major threat to public health. Although comprehensive tobacco control measures exist such as the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003 and the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP), implementation remains varied and suboptimal among Indian states. Through this study protocol, our attempt is to understand the landscape of implementation in India with respect to tobacco control.


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