World No To­bacco Day 2017

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World­wide the World No To­bacco Day (WNTD) is observed an­nu­ally on 31 May by WHO mem­ber coun­tries to high­light the ill­ef­fects of to­bacco and to call on gov­ern­ments to take ef­fec­tive to­bacco-con­trol mea­sures.

Con­sumer Voice sup­ported its part­ners in seven states in ob­serv­ing WNTD. The states were Gu­jarat, Chandi­garh (Haryana),

Te­lan­gana, Ut­tar Pradesh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Hi­machal Pradesh and As­sam. The main ob­jec­tive of the event was to spread aware­ness about the harm­ful ef­fects of to­bacco. The events high­lighted the fact that in In­dia about 10 lakh peo­ple die every year due to to­bacco use, of which the ma­jor­ity are bidi con­sumers.

The events saw the pres­ence of em­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties from dif­fer­ent fields in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity, po­lice de­part­ments, judges and lawyers, govern­ment of­fi­cials from health de­part­ment and To­bacco Con­trol Cells, Na­tional Health Mis­sion of­fi­cials, stu­dents, groups of women from an­gan­wadis, con­sumer or­gan­i­sa­tions, to­bacco ac­tivists, to­bacco vic­tims and the me­dia.

In Chandi­garh, the chief guests were the gov­er­nor of Haryana Kap­tan Singh Solanki and for­mer union min­is­ter Pawan Ku­mar Bansal. The Ra­jkot event was presided over by the po­lice com­mis­sioner Anup Sinh Gehlot. In Shimla, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Isha Thakur and renowned on­col­o­gist Dr Gopal Chauhan were the spe­cial guests for the pro­gramme.

In Ra­jkot and Chandi­garh, ral­lies were also or­gan­ised to spread the mes­sage about to­bacco us­age. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Con­sumer Voice made pre­sen­ta­tions through short films demon­strat­ing the im­pact of to­bacco con­sump­tion on hu­man health.

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