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2012 Seminar Series

Title: 'A cluster randomized trial of a brief tobacco cessation intervention in low income communities in India'

Speaker: Dr Bidyut Kanti Sarkar

Date & Time: Friday 24th February 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


As per WHO, currently 5.4 million people are killed every year due to tobacco related diseases. In India there is an urgent need for low cost interventions that can be delivered to the 275 million tobacco users. The proposed study is a community-based cluster randomised trial in tobacco users with two arms. The intervention arm is: brief advice including training in yogic breathing exercises (YBA); the control arm is very brief advice simply stressing the importance of stopping tobacco use (VBA). The participants will be followed up one month and 7 months after the intervention. Tobacco users will be identified actively by a household survey and offered either YBA or VBA. The primary outcome measure will be self report of abstinence for the 6 months preceding the follow up validated with salivary cotinine estimation at that point. The study will be conducted in 28 low income slum areas in India.

B.K.Sarkar is a medical doctor (M.B.B.S) with a Masters in Preventive and Social Medicine (M.D). He has previously worked for WHO country office for India. His M.D thesis was a household survey on prevalence of various forms of tobacco usage, knowledge, attitude and practices and health status of tobacco users in a rural and urban community in India. He is currently a Wellcome trust PhD student on a capacity building grant to Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). He is supervised by Prof Robert West and Dr Lion Shahab in the department. He intends to pursue a career path of research on tobacco cessation and teaching public health in India in collaboration with mentors in U.K.

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