The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Taskforce (ICAST) will be joining the 7th Annual Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program to be conducted by Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on June 2-16.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is optimistic the ICAST’s participation in the international tobacco control initiative will further enhance the implementation of comprehensive anti-smoking campaign in the metropolis. 

This, after ICAST director Inigo Garingalao was chosen to participate in a comprehensive two-week, in-depth leadership program focused on building capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy and interventions. 

Garingalao’s nomination and selection was confirmed through email by IGTC director Dr. Joanna E. Cohen.

“We are excited to meet you and want to make this leadership program an important step in the development of your tobacco control career. Best wishes and congratulations!” Cohen wrote Garingalao.

The course sessions will focus on tobacco topics including policy development, advocacy, communications, intervention planning, implementation and evaluation, and management and leadership. 

The faculty will be comprised of internationally renowned experts in tobacco control policy, communications, research, advocacy, and surveillance.

Acceptance to the program is by nomination only from one of Bloomberg partner organizations including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Health Organization (WHO)-Tobacco Free Initiative, and World Lung Foundation, Cohen noted.

The participants’ financial support for stay in the US will be provided through a scholarship that will be used to pay for costs associated with the travel, stay, and program materials as outlined in the application, she explained.

IGTC aims to prevent death and disease from tobacco use by generating, synthesizing, and translating scientific evidence to support effective tobacco control policies, programs and activities.

Three pillars support and frame the IGTC’s work as it seeks to carry out its mission: (1) knowledge generation, synthesis and translation; (2) evaluation and surveillance; and, (3) capacity building.

Through its work and growing reputation, the IGTC has become a key international resource to support tobacco control action in countries around the world.

The IGTC has received recognition for its work and achievements by being designated as a partner in Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and a collaborating centre of WHO.