Sustained government commitment, continuous goal-setting and amendments to legislation based on periodic nationwide data on magnitude and patterns of smoking and smokeless tobacco use were suggested, according to a release.

They also favoured a steep hike in tobacco taxes.

The recommendations were made at the "International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco," in the capital last week.

A declaration issued after the conference said that there should be mandatory training in health promotion and tobacco control in graduate and post-graduate level courses, especially for health professionals, social workers and teachers.


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