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Rakesh Gupta is President and Director for Public Health, Strategic Institute for Public Health Education and Research (SIPHER). He is a Former-Director Health Services and Director of Chemical Examiner Lab. Punjab –India. He has a professional experience of more than 35 years in service and is an Alumni of John Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore-2012 and University of California San Francisco-2012 as a short term scholar. He has contributed significantly to many National/International Conferences. Abstracts accepted and presented in WLCs Barcelona 2014, Cape Town 2015, Liverpool 2016, COPD Conference Tokyo-2018, APACT Bali-2018 and NCTOH Mumbai 2019. He was awarded WHO Award 2015 on World No Tobacco Day.
Effective advocacy with MOHFW and other states, technical guidance and strong implementation by Punjab led to declaration of ENDS as unapproved products one-third states of the country along-with a strong advisory by MOHFW. The existing provisions under the Indian laws can be effectively used for restricting the rising menace of ENDS in India.