South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT) is the South Asian tobacco observatory established at the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT) under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The main purpose of this tobacco observatory is to monitor tobacco industry activities and implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 in the region of South Asia.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a treaty under international law adopted in May 2003 by the 56th World Health Assembly of the WHO. FCTC entered into force from February 2005, legally binding 181 ratifying countries as of 2019. FCTC Article 5.3 requires Parties, or the member countries, to protect their public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Monitoring of the tobacco industry and their activities is deemed an essential prerequisite in implementation of Article 5.3.

CCT at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo is the current national tobacco observatory for Sri Lanka. CCT provides technical expertise for the project and acts as the coordinating body in the development and maintenance of the SARC-CCT. International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) generously funds this project. The Partner organisations of the SARC-CCT are from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka

The grand inauguration of the SARC-CCT is to be held in Colombo on 15th July 2019. The initial capacity building workshop for the member organisations of the SARC-CCT is to be held from 15th to 17th July 2019.


  • The Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM) – South Africa Observatory, wishes to congratulate SARC-CCT as the South Asian Tobacco monitoring observatory at the Centre for Combating Tobacco. We also wish to congratulate you on your great work and achievements at CCT.... [read more]
  • The South Asian region is such a region where the crucial social and political factors of the countries are almost indistinguishable. The transnational death traders plaguing these countries are also the same. In this circumstances, any tobacco control initiative that restrains itself within the mar... [read more]
  • I am very pleased to issue this message for the launch of the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT) on 15th of July, and the parallel capacity building workshop from 15th to 17th July 2019, in Sri Lanka. The University of Colombo is proud to have hosted the Centr... [read more]