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