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April 30th, 2007
India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Anbumani Ramadoss inaugurated the first-ever Boot Camp on Cancer in India being organized by the American Cancer Society, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The workshop is being supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
We are primarily focusing at early detection and prevention. Tobacco is the biggest villain in our country. From June 1st, we are going to enforce pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. From August this year, no packaged food items can have tobacco or nicotine as ingredients. We will set up an authoritative regulatory body to enforce these." Dr Ramadoss further added, "In 2009, India will be hosting the World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH) for the first time. India needs to be a part of the latest global developments in cancer treatment such as nanotechnology."
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