Tobacco cessation clinics in India

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Tobacco Cessation Clinic is an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of India. [1] Tobacco cessation activities formally began with the opening of 13 tobacco cessation clinics in Anand, Bhopal, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi (2), Goa, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Patna in 2002. Tobacco cessation clinics were renamed to tobacco cessation centers in 2005. Five more tobacco cessation centers were established in Mizoram, Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Trivandrum, which makes a total of 18 centers.


The services offered at the clinic include individual intervention in the form of behavioral counseling, medication, and nicotine replacement therapy. The centers also intend to create awareness among the general public about the negative effects of tobacco and about tobacco cessation through awareness programs, exhibitions training programs on tobacco cessation for various professionals, and information booklets and manuals aimed at specific groups of the population.

The Tobacco Cessation Clinic Resource Center (TCCRC), which is functioning in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, (NIMHANS), Bangalore, is the national coordinating center for all the TCCs. The center in Bangalore runs an out patient clinic twice a week (Saturdays and Mondays) in the de-addiction OP section of the NIMHANS.


Shree Krishna hospital and PSM collegeAnandGujarat
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) BangaloreKarnataka
Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital & Research Centre Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
Cancer Institute (Adyar Cancer Institute)ChennaiTamil Nadu
A.H. Regional Cancer CentreCuttackOrissa
Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS)Dilshad GardenDelhi
Vallabhbhai Patel Chest InstituteUniversity Of DelhiDelhi
Vaidya HospitalPanajiGoa
Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research CenterJaipur Rajasthan
King George's Medical CollegeLucknowUttar Pradesh
Tata Memorial Hospital MumbaiMaharashtra
Indira Gandhi Institute of CardiologyPatnaBihar
Directorate of Hospital and Medical EducationAiswalMizoram
Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooh Cancer Institute

( Regional Institute for Treatment and Research)

MNJ institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer CenterHyderabadTelangana
Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute Kolkata West Bengal
Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram Kerala

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