Awareness to action through multi-channel advocacy for effective tobacco control in five Indian states
This project was implemented in collaboration with the Gramin Shikshan Charity Foundation (an NGO based in Hubli, Karnataka) across seven districts – three northern and four southern Karnataka districts. Project aim was to study effect of district level capacity building of law enforcement officials and tobacco control advocacy on implementation of selected provisions of national tobacco control legislation. Five districts, namely, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Mysore, Dharwad & Gadag, were taken as intervention districts while two districts – Bengaluru rural and Haveri – were taken as control districts. In the course of one year, state and district level need assessment surveys as well as pre-compliance monitoring exercises were conducted in all seven districts highlighting the needs of district level law enforcement officials as well as the status of implementation of tobacco control law in these districts.