Message from Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo

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 Centre for Combatting Tobacco (CCT), the Sri Lankan tobacco observatory, established under the Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of World Health Organization (WHO). The success of CCT as a Centre at the Faculty of Medicine, and their information portal,, as a dissemination mechanism of their research findings, is unprecedented in tobacco industry monitoring in Sri Lanka.

I am extremely proud that the CCT has given the leadership to the development of the idea and the process of creating a regional tobacco observatory, the first of such kind in the world, culminating in establishing SARC – CCT. I am sure this newly established network in South Asia will add great value and effectiveness to the attempts of controlling the tobacco epidemic in this part of the world while giving an example to the whole world. Sri Lanka has always been a regional and world leader in healthcare delivery and uplifting standards of public health especially of tobacco control.

I wish strength, success, and good luck for the SARC-CCT, knowing it is in the good hands of the best from the region guided by the leadership of our own CCT.

Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne
Vice Chancellor
University of Colombo