Commemoration of World No
Tobacco Day 2012
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is commemorated every
year on May 31. The theme for this years WNTD is Tobacco Industry
Interference. The campaign focuses on the need to expose and counter the
tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine
the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The focus of WNTD
2012 is to educate policy-makers and the general public about the tobacco
industry's harmful tactics.
Taking this theme forward, a number of activities
were organized on 31 May 2012 at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(MoHFW), Government of India to commemorate WNTD.
To kick-start the programme, an awareness run was flagged off by Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Honble
Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and Mr P K
Pradhan, Secretary, MoHFW.
In addition, the Operational Guidelines for National Tobacco Control Programme
were released by Mr Keshav Desiraju, Special Secretary, MoHFW and Ms Shakuntla D.
Gamlin, Joint Secretary, MoHFW. WHO Country Office for India has
provided support to MoHFW for development of these operational guidelines.
The guidelines provide a framework for the state and district level
functionaries to effectively implement the National Tobacco Control
No Tobacco Day 2012 Awards were also presented on this occasion. Every
year, WHO recognises individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO
Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. In
addition, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
also recognises outstanding contributions of individuals/organizations by
honouring them with the Regional Directors Appreciation Award for World No
Tobacco Day. The awards were presented by Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative
Directors Appreciation Award for WNTD 2012 was presented to Dr Rajiv
Bindal, Honble Health Minister, Himachal Pradesh, who received the award on
behalf of Department of Health, Government of Himachal Pradesh. The award for
Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI), New Delhi was received by Ms Bhavna
Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director, VHAI. Dr Mangesh Pednekar, Director
Research and Development, Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health,
Mumbai and Dr Ahmad Abdul Hai, Managing Director and Chief Consultant, Hai
Medicare and Research Institute, Patna
are the other awardees in this category.
Award for 2012 was presented to Dr Monika Arora, Head, Health Promotion
and Tobacco Control, Public Health Foundation of India. The award for Cancer
Patients Aid Association (CPAA), Mumbai was received by Ms Kiran Hukku,
Director, CPAA, Delhi.
WHO Country Office for India supported CPAA, Mumbai in commemoration
of WNTD 2012. In this context, a press
conference and a musical concert was organized by CPAA in Mumbai. On 27
May 2012, a musical event called Celebration of Life was organized in which
Bollywood singers and celebrities like Shankar Mahadevan, Zareen Khan, Tara
Sharma, Shweta Pandit and others participated. The singers and celebrities
from the entertainment industry gave a call for action to youth and other
stakeholders urging them to desist from tobacco use and be aware of tobacco
World No Tobacco Day
2012 Awards ceremony: (From left to right) Ms Kiran Hukku, Director, Cancer Patients Aid
Association, Delhi; Ms Shakuntla D. Gamlin,
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of
India; Dr Rajiv Bindal, Honble Health
Minister, Government of Himachal Pradesh; Dr Nata Menabde, WHO
Representative to India; Dr Monika Arora, Head, Health
Promotion and Tobacco Control, Public Health Foundation of India; and Ms Bhavna Mukhopadhyay,
Executive Director, Voluntary Health Association of India.
Young participants at
the musical concert in Mumbai
Flash mob as part of
WNTD activities in Mumbai
More information is available at:
Brochure and Poster