Walkathon in Goa on World No Tobacco Day

Walkathon in Goa on World No Tobacco Day

Walkathon in Goa on World No Tobacco Day

Consumer VOICE, New Delhi in association with National Organization for  Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), India and Verna Industrial Association (VIA), Goa  organized an awareness rally to mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on 31st May 2023 where more than 300 participants  from more than 20 industrial units participated in the event.

Employees and members of the participating companies started the walkathon from their respective units by holding placards and banners with anti-tobacco message & slogans. Nearly 300 participants converged at GIDC administration building by 4.00 PM. Dr Shekhar Salkar, noted oncologist from Goa and President of NOTE India, in his opening remarks stated that tobacco is the number one preventable cause for cancer and many other diseases. He expressed urgent need to take proactive steps including strong tobacco control rules to curb the menace of tobacco. Mr Pradip Da’Costa, President Verna IDC Association expressed happiness that such an important event has been organized in the IDC premises and also explained the participants that Verna Industrial Association is keenly involved in various environmental awareness activities. Mr Amarjeet Singh, Consumer VOICE New Delhi, congratulated the participants for gathering in large number and helping in strengthening the movement against tobacco.

Mrs Radhiya Chodnekar, Field Executive from IDC in her statement supported the cause against tobacco. Mr Anand Mishra, Mr Ganpat Kapdi and Mr Pawse from verna industries association were also part of the group.

Participants formed groups and chanted anti-tobacco slogans and pledged support to anti-tobacco movement. All participants were given information pamphlets on tobacco control law and harms of tobacco use. The event was concluded with vote of thanks by Dr Devdutt Sail, Secretary NOTE India

Names of The Participating Industries

Albea Betts India Pvt Ltd, Anand Engineering Works, Astra Metal Systems Pvt Ltd,  Birla Furukawa Fibre Optics, Capricorn Logistics Pvt Ltd, Cipla Goa, Colorcon Asia  Private Limited, Commscope, India, Duraline India pvt ltd., FDC ltd unit, IFB AC  Plant, Lupin, Marksans Pharma limited, Micro Labs Limited, Naik Motors  Mahindra, Pentair Water India Pvt Ltd, Perfect laundry and dry cleaners,  Persistent System Limited, Putzmeister Concrete Machines Private Limited, Sahil Packaging, Sanofi India Limited, SGP Food Manufacturers,SP Tata Motors, Universal Cables Limited, Smartlinks Holdings

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Cyclothon in Assam on World No Tobacco Day

Cyclothon in Assam on World No Tobacco Day

Cyclothon in Assam on World No Tobacco Day

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, Consumer VOCIE with its state partner Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam in collaboration with State Tobacco Control Cell, Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Assam and State Tobacco Control Cell, Assam and Guwahati Cycling Community organized a Cyclothon in Guwahati on 30th May 2023.

The theme of the event was ‘Strengthen Tobacco Control Law to Save Lives’. More than two hundred students, sportspersons, doctors, lawyers, social activist, journalist and government officials participated the Cyclothon. The Cyclothon started from Veterinary College Field, Khanapara and cyclists went up to Ulubari and again come back to Khanapara. 

Abhinash Joshi, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam in his inaugural speech said “it is alarming that children and teens are lured towards the tobacco addiction. This is dangerous. Strict implementation of tobacco control law to save our children from tobacco addiction is an immediate task. It is need of the hour to save our younger generation from this deadly tobacco”. 

The cyclists made an awareness drive among the common people and appealed Government of India to strengthen the tobacco control law in the up-coming session of Parliament. They display placards with slogans to strengthen tobacco control law. They also urged to remove the designated smoking areas to make India 100 percent smoke free and banning the point of sale to save the younger children and youth from the menace of tobacco.

Dr.Nilmadhab Das, Director of Health Services; Phuleswar Basumatary, Deputy Commissioner of Taxes; Dr. Ashok Das, Professor, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Dr. Munindra Narayan Baruah, Director, North East Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Dr. Subrata Chanda, Assam Cancer Care Foundation (Tata Trust) Dr. Amal Ch. Kataki, Ex. Director, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute; Dr. Arundhati Deka,  State Nodal Officer, NTCP  and Dr. Tapan Das, Join Secretary, Cycling Federation of India flagged off the cyclothon.

In their speech, the dignitaries said that nearly 50% of all cancers in India are due to tobacco. Smoking worsens lung function and reduces immunity. The nationwide survey of students revealed that nearly one-fifth of students aged 13-15 years are using tobacco products in India. In Assam children are falling in trap of tobacco menace and about 12 percent of students consume tobacco in any form. 

Advocate Ajoy Hazarika, Secretary Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam moderate the event and said that more than 68 percent of cigarettes smoker and 76 percent of bidi smokers bought them from street vendors, pan shops and stores. 38 percent of cigarettes, 47 percent of bidi and 52 percent of smokeless tobacco users picked up the habit before their 10th birthday. 9.5% of the students were exposed to second-hand smoke. There is urgent need to initiate strengthen the tobacco control law as this is an important step towards improving public health.

Ms. Ekta Purohit, Consumer VOICE, New Delhi participated the cyclothon and shared some important facts and figures of tobacco consumption and deaths from tobacco.

The cyclists took an oath to build a tobacco free society.

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Workshop in Gujarat on World No Tobacco Day

Workshop in Gujarat on World No Tobacco Day

Workshop in Gujarat on World No Tobacco Day

Consumer VOICE in collaboration with Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mnadal, Rajkot organized World No Tobacco Day by holding a workshop followed by media interaction on 31st May 2023 at Conference Hall, government Circuit House, Rajkot, Gujarat. 

The workshop was attended by more than 70 people including doctors from Cancer Hospitals, AIIMS, District Hospital, Students, NGOs representatives, District Chief Health Officer, Chief Health Officer, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Media Persons and Victims & Survivors.

Dr. R. S. Trivedi, Hon’ble Chief Medical Officer, Rajkot Government Medical College, Rajkot;  Dr. Khyatiben Vasavada, Hon’ble Medical Director, Rajkot Cancer Society. Rajkot, Gujarat; Dr. Gautam Makadia, MD-Oncologist, Shree  Jalaram Gurukul Sarvajanik Hospital Rajkot,  Gujarat; Dr. Jeet Mehta, Hon’ble Oncologist, Saurashtra  Cancer Care & Research Centre, Government of  Gujarat  Shri Pankajbhai Rathod, Former Chief Health Officer, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Rajkot,  Gujarat Shri Jayeshbahi Vakani, Hon’ble Chief Health  Officer, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Rajkot,  Gujarat, Shri Hemant Kumar Upadhyay from Consumer VOICE, New  Delhi attended the workshop among others.

All participants took oath not to consume tobacco followed by media interaction. To garner the media support a press release was also disseminated among regional media. There was also a Health Camp organised by Jalaram Raghukul Sarvjanik Hospital for the early detection of oral cancer.

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World No Tobacco Day 2023

World No Tobacco Day 2023

World No Tobacco Day 2023

World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on 31st May to highlight the harmful effects of tobacco not only on humans but on the environment at large.  As per World Health Organisation, Tobacco kills over 8 million people every year. It is also responsible for creating some serious damage to our environment through cultivation and waste.

Tobacco consumption is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cancer, lung disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is one of the main causes of death and disease in India and according to WHO, it accounts for nearly 1.35  million deaths every year. 

Like previous years, this year too Consumer VOICE observed World No Tobacco Day with their partner states across India with the objective to strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives. 

Events like walkaton, cyclothon and workshops were organized to raise awareness among the citizens including young adults and children on the harmful effects of tobacco consumption.

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World No Tobacco Day 2022 – Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives

World No Tobacco Day 2022 – Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives

World No Tobacco Day 2022 – Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives

World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on 31st May to highlight the harmful effects of tobacco not only on humans but on the environment at large.  As per World Health Organisation, Tobacco kills over 8 million people every year. It is also responsible for creating some serious damage to our environment through cultivation and waste. 

Consumer VOICE observed World No Tobacco Day with their partner states across India with the objective to ‘Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives’.

Assam

Cyclothon was organized on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day by Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum (CLPF) in collaboration with Consumer Voice New Delhi. The event was supported by Assam Cycling Association and Guwahati Cycling Community at Guwahati Assam.

Around 300 cyclists with placards and messages supporting COTPA Amendment, strengthening tobacco laws and to implement vendor licensing started their cycling rally from Khanpara ,Guwahati covering all important areas via GS road, Ulubari and again gathered at the venue (Khanpara).They were wearing T-shirts made exclusively for the event.

The event was graced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma who showed keen interest towards the cause of Tobacco Intervention. He interacted with cyclists and encouraged them to choose a healthy life and not tobacco. 

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Shri Abhinash Joshi, Principal Secretary, Health joined the occasion also flagged off the event along with other dignitaries like Shri Debarj Upadhyay, IGP (CID), Dr. A. C. Kataki, Director, Dr. B.Borooah Cancer Institute, Phuleswar Basumatary, Deputy Commissioner of Tax, Dr. Munindra Narayan Baruah, Director, North East Cancer Institute and Research Center. All the dignitaries briefly addressed the gathering and encouraged the youth to live healthy life and stay away from tobacco.
Cyclists were very enthusiastic about the event and supported the cause. Mr.Ajoy and Mr.Samya of CLPF welcomed all the guests and participants .The event was started with a flag off by all dignitaries invited. MsRinki Sharma from Consumer VOICE New Delhi joined the event and interacted with the youth and dignitaries. Dr.Tapan Das, Secretary, Assam Cycling association also joined and urged the youth to support the cause of tobacco intervention.

Certificates of Participation and medals were given to participants.

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Gujarat

To mark the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal, Rajkot, in collaboration with Consumer VOICE, Delhi, organized a Walkathon and seminar at Asiatic Engineering College, Gondal, Rajkot, Gujarat with, students, government officials, etc. on the theme of Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to Save Lives’.

The walkathon was conducted at the college ground where more than 100 students of Asiatic Engineering College including teachers and professors participated. Various placards with slogans and messages were shared at the event urging to Strengthen Tobacco Control Laws to save lives, strong implementation of COTPA and also Tobacco Vendor Licensing system in Gujarat. T-shirts highlighting the subject of tobacco control were distributed to students and people who joined the walkathon and workshop including staff of the campus.

The trustee of college Shri Gopal Bhai urged the students to take pledge for not consuming tobacco and also ask other people to quit this deadly product.

Seminar with youths

A seminar organized at the Asiatic College was organized with representatives of civil societies, doctors, students, and cancer victims where they urged the Government to remove designated smoking rooms at hotels/restaurants and airports to protect people from second-hand smoke also to ban advertising at point of sale.

While appreciating the Government for initiating the process to amend COTPA 2003, they appealed for immediate removal of the current provision that permits smoking areas to make India 100 percent smoke-free and banning the point of sale to save the younger generations from the menace of tobacco.

The key speakers who addressed the audience were Shri. K.V.Nakum-Dy.Collector Gondal, Rajkot Gujarat Smt.Bhawnaben Raiyani-Chairman Municipality Gondal, Gopalbhai-Trustee Asiatic college, Dr.Mahesh, Civil Hospital, Jitubhai Acharya-chairman Journalist Association, Prafulbhai Todiya-Director Gondal Marketing Yard etc. All the dignitaries emphasized on the need to make healthy India and urged the young generation to choose health and stay away from tobacco.

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Shri K. V. Naukm, Hon’ble Deputy Collector, Gondal, said that “It is alarming that children and teens are lured towards tobacco addiction. It’s time to fill the loopholes and strengthen the laws to make tobacco Free India”

Mr.Ramjibhai Mavani-Ex Member of Parliament, Mrs.Ramaben Mavani-Ex Member of Parliament & President RSJGSM welcomed all the speakers and guests and also shared their valuable thoughts. They urged the central government to make strengthen tobacco law by amendment in present law.

They also emphasized on the importance of stronger laws for tobacco intervention and save precious lives and requested state authorities to implement vendor licensing in Gujarat. Ms.Ekta Purohit, Manager Projects- Consumer VOICE shared about importance of amendment in present tobacco law COTPA Act 2003.

Youth activist advocate Vivek Limbasiya interacted with the audience and shared the importance of COTPA law to save younger generation from tobacco. Shri Gopalbhai Bhuva, Hon’ble Chairman, Asiatic Engineering College gave vote of thanks and concluded the event.

In the walkathon and seminar, more than 200 people from all walks participated. They were holding placards to make tobacco free India by brining stronger law (COTPA Amendment) and also implement vendor licensing in the state.

At the end of the seminar, a memorandum for Strengthen the Tobacco Control Laws to Save Lives was signed by 220 youth and submitted to Ms. Ekta Purohit, Manager-Projects, Consumer VOICE New Delhi which was addressed to the Prime Minister of India and Union Health Minister, Government of India.

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GOA

To observe World No Tobacco Day in Goa, National Organization for Tobacco Eradication, NOTE (India) Goa & GOKARMA Oncology Association along with Consumer VOICE, New Delhi organized a multi city Cyclothon on 29th May 2022, Sunday.

The event was flagged off from the following locations simultaneously at 6.30 AM by following dignitaries.

1. Panaji: Shri Vikas Gaunekar, Additional Secretary Health- Divja Circle.alongwith Dr. Shekhar Salkar and Amarjeet Singh

2. Margaon: Dr Ira Almeida, Director National Health Mission Bolshe Circle, Near Chougule College, Borda.

3. Ponda: Dr Poornima Usgaonkar, Ex President IMA Women Wing Goa Kranti Maidan, Opp Police Station

4. Vasco: Prof. Suman Kundu – Director BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa campus. Dabolim Junction, Near Airport

Around 189 cyclists under the guidance of Dr Amol Mahaldar, Dr Vishwajit Phaldesai, Dr Sandeep Naik, and Mr Kedar Kenkre from the above locations converged at Mahalasa Temple Verna IDC in morning.

Shri Mohinder Amarnath, renowned cricketer and current cricket analyst joined the initiative and congratulated the members on joining for a social cause and taking part in such events. He asked the youth to stay away from tobacco and added that it is imperative to stay away from vices like tobacco to live a healthy and long life.

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Dr Shekhar Salkar, renowned oncologist and President NOTE Goa welcomed all the riders and dignitaries and explained that the event was in concurrence to the themes of 2022, the emphasis was on safe guarding environment from dangers of tobacco industry and also strengthening laws pertaining to tobacco control in country.

Mr Amarjeet Singh, Sr. Advisor Legal & Projects, Consumer VOICE sensitized the gathering on the national tobacco control law COTPA 2003. He stressed on the need to strengthen COTPA to plug the loopholes being misused by tobacco companies to continue its killing business.

Youth Interaction Programme

A youth interaction program with Goa Government Engineering College, Farmagudi was also organized for the occasion.

Dr Shekhar Salkar President NOTE, along with Dr Devdutt Sail, Secretary, NOTE ( India) sensitized the students on tobacco menace and how it impacts youth. Mr R. B. Lohan, Principal GEC, while addressing the gathering which included more than 100 students urged the youth to stay away from tobacco. IEC materials on anti-tobacco were also distributed among the children. The session was followed by a post-lecture questionnaire, and students were awarded spot prizes. Mr Manguish Desai, Prof. Goa, Government Engineering College conveyed the vote of thanks.

Media Reports – Goa

Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Study-Gujarat Workshop

Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Study-Gujarat Workshop

Big Tobacco Tiny Targets Study – Gujarat workshop

Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Study-Rajkot Workshop

Consumer VOICE in collaboration with its state partner Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal Rajkot, Gujarat organised a stakeholders’ workshop on July 24, 2021 at Circuit House, Rajkot to release the findings of a new report titled ‘Big Tobacco Tiny Targets’ that revealed tobacco companies are systematically targeting children as young as eight year old in Gujarat by selling tobacco products and placing tobacco advertisements near schools premises. These egregious tactics, used by companies like British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco or Indian Tobacco Company (ITC), Philip Morris (Godfrey Philips) are happening all over the country in clear violation of Section 5 and 6 of Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act.

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The report was inaugurated in the presence of eminent guest and speakers Shri Maheshbhai Mehta- President Lakhajiraj Merchant Association, Rajkot, Dr. D.V Gupta, Director, Rajkot Cancer Hospital, Shri Gijubhai Bharad, renowned educationist, Rajkot, Dr. Nileshbhai Shah, District Health Officer, Rajkot, Dr. Pankaj Rathod, Health Officer, Rajkot Municipal Corporation, Smt.Ramaben Mavani, President Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal, Shri Hemant Upadhyay Advisor IT &Projects, Consumer VOICE.

The event concluded with group discussion where all stakeholders including educationists and leader of merchant association discussed the methods of smooth implication of vendor licensing and how they can make it more effective, people were sensitized about the role of government body which can help them if the law is seen to be violated.

More than 50 participants mark their presence at the workshop. The media also highlighted the report findings widely.

Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Study-Ahmedabad Workshop

Consumer VOICE in collaboration with its state partner Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal Rajkot, Gujarat organised a workshop on July 31st, 2021 at Conference Hall, Government Circuit House, Sahibaug, Ahmedabad to release the findings of a study titled ‘Big Tobacco Tiny Targets’ that revealed tobacco companies are systematically targeting children as young as eight year old in Gujarat by selling tobacco products and placing tobacco advertisements near schools premises.

The report was inaugurated in the presence of eminent guest and speakers Shri Dr. Kiritbhai Solanki, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Ahmedabad ,Shri Kirit Kumar J. Parmar Mayor, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad, Shri Pratikbhai S. Patwari, Secretary, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Shri Amarjeet Singh Panghal, Advisor- Legal & Projects, Consumer VOICE, Shri Dr. Pradipbhai Vaghasia,  Director, GIPS Hospital & De-addiction Centre, Ahmedabad, Shri Dr. Chiragbhai Shah, Health Officer, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Shri Shirishbhai B. Tolia, Hon’ble Judge, Gujarat High Court, Ahmedabad, Educationists- Shri Muktakbhai Kapadia,Shri Bhagavat Rushi, Shri Dr. Hemantbhai G. Koshia-Food Commissioner, Gujarat State, Shri Ramjibhai B. Mavani, Ex-M.P. (Lok Sabha), Rajkot and Smt. Ramaben R. Mavani, Ex-M.P. (Lok Sabha) President, Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal, Rajkot .

Educationists, leader of merchant association and other stakeholders discussed the methods of smooth implication of Tobacco Vendor Licensing System in the state and how they can make it more effective. The whole workshop was live on Facebook and more than 1000 facebook users were take part in the event. More than 60 attendees marked their presence at the release. The media also highlighted the report findings widely.

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