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Dr. Rakesh Gupta
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Dr. Rakesh Gupta is a recipient of WHO DG award for SEARO region on WNTD 2013 for working in tobacco control in an individual capacity. He has been the senior-most technical resource in tobacco cessation for the State and nationally too. He considers that working at SDMH in tandem with the key specialties of Cardiology, Pulmonology, etc. will assist the tobacco using patients to quit and recover optimally. Also, an integrated functioning of the De-addiction Center (for Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs Abuse) at SDMH will provide a much-needed model for the apex multi-specialty hospitals in the country, especially in the private health sector and other LMICs.   

Since October 2006, he has been working full-time in tobacco control to have developed the collaborative maiden models of (1) Smoke-free cities, (2) Tobacco-free workplaces, (3) Tobacco Treatment Protocol (the Systems Approach in Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Hospitals) and (4) Quitline (Telephonic Tobacco Treatment) within a state medical helpline for India. The first two eventually became national- and international- case studies respectively.

In addition to his working in recent past for (1) Capacity building for tobacco cessation among doctors at SIHFW, Jaipur and through PHFI, New Delhi; and (2) Media Advocate for an effective tobacco control through print-, electronic- and social- media and radio, he was the catalyst for Rajasthan State (a) raising tobacco tax from 20% to 40% in the fiscal year 2010-11; and, (b) declaring Medical and Health facilities to be Tobacco-free w.e.f. 15 May 2017.  

Earlier as a former Surgical Oncologist and Associate Professor earlier (an alumnus of Tata Cancer Center, Mumbai in mid-80s) he has worked in Medical Colleges of Udaipur & Jodhpur (Dec 1979- July 2000), Bhagwan Mahavir Cancer Hospital (Aug 2000-Mar 2002) and Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospitals (Apr 2003- Oct 2006).

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