Choose Life, Not Tobacco         |         Smoking is a habit that drains your money and kills your slowly, one puff after another….         |         Smoking helps you to relax… in Death-bed         |         Smoking is injurious not only to you, but for the ones around you also… Quit before it’s late         |         Smoking Leaves an Unseen Scar, it fill your Insides with Toxins and Tar         |         Only a fool would put his lips, at the other end of a burning fie.         |         Irony is, Tobacco companies kill their Best Customers.         |         You’re a Fool, if you think smoking is cool.         |         Tar the Roads, not your lungs.         |         Be brighter, put down the lighter.         |         Put the smoke out, before it put you Out.         |         Who’s going to retire on your hard-earned dollars… You or some tobacco company executive?         |         A Friend in Deed won’t make you smoke that weed.         |         Smokers die young, be smart, don’t start.         |         Every time you light up A cigarette, you are saying that your life isn’t worth Living….        |         Don’t let being on a ventilator ultimate become, the reason you eventually quit smoking. Save lungs while you can.         |         If you can’t stop smoking…. Cancer will.         |         Cigarettes are like Squirrels. They are perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it on fire.

Category Archives: Participants

VoTV patients participate in World Head and Neck Cancer Day in Rajasthan

VoTV patients were interviewed on World Head and Neck Cancer Day in Jaipur.
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Pictorial Warnings and Tobacco Taxation in Rajasthan

VoTV patron Dr. Pawan Singhal in collaboration with RVHA and IACS organized a press conference in Jaipur regarding Pictorial warning on cigarette packets and roll back of tax by Rajasthan government.
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Ministers and MLAs sensitized in Vidhan Sabha of Madhya Pradesh

VoTV patron Dr. T P Sahoo conducted a sensitization program in Vidhan Sabha on Tobacco Free Madhya Pradesh. Present audience included Ministers, Speaker and Deputy Speaker along with 30 MLAs.
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VoTV patrons from North East gear up for tobacco control in state.

Team of VoTV patrons led by Dr. Amal Kataki and Dr. Ashok Das met and sensitized various Policy makers in the States of North East India. These policy makers were met to get their support towards tobacco control.

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Governor of Assam and Meghalaya, Assam Health Minister, Assam Education Minister, Former Chief Minister of Assam, Assam MP were some of the people who were met during the last month. Editor of one of the most renowned Assamese daily was also met and sensitized to get support from media.

VoTV patrons meet in Delhi

In the verge of saving lives that are destroyed due to tobacco VoTV patrons from across the country had met to discuss strategies and plans going forward.

VoTV patrons from all India gathered on 27th and 28th of June 2015 to discuss various aspects of tobacco control through VoTV. Healis Director Dr. PC Gupta, VoTV COO – Mr. Sanjay Seth, VoTV project Director – Ms. Ashima Sarin, VoTV Project Coordinators from various states had also participated in the event.

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Success stories of VoTV from Assam, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala were shared by respective patrons. Mr. Steve Tamplin from John Hopkins also gave a talk.

​​5 widows write to the Hon’ble PM on this World No Tobacco Day

30th May 2015

Dear Shri Narendra Modi,

Pranaam. Advance greetings from the widows of five former smokers and tobacco users on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (31st May). We feel it is apt to greet you on this great occasion as the government is a major shareholder in the tobacco industry. Our late husbands have contributed considerable amounts to your government’s massive tax income from the tobacco industries, and also to the profits of Life Insurance Corporation, financial institutions, mutual funds etc, who hold about 35% shares in ITC and other tobacco companies.

We are writing to you also because, although state after state has banned chewing-tobacco Gutka, there is only one state where gutka is manufactured: Gujarat. It is the only state in entire India that continues to manufacture gutka. From there, it is smuggled to all other states of India, in violation of the bans. Surely you know this?

Mr Prime Minister, Sir, we beg to introduce ourselves and describe the ordeal that the tobacco industry has put us and our families through.

VoTV Patrons on the World No Tobacco Day

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On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day patrons from Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipur, Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh conducted various activities in their respective regions.

Live VoTV with Kerala Chief Minister at Chief Minister’s office Secretariat, Trivandrum

VoTV patron Dr. Jayakrishnan, VoTV patient and Tobacco free Kerala team meeting the Taxes Secretary for tobacco taxes.

VoTV patron Dr. Jayakrishnan, VoTV patient and Tobacco free Kerala team meeting the Taxes Secretary for tobacco taxes.

VoTV patrons Dr. Paul Sebastian and Dr. Jayakrishnana, with Tobacco Free Kerala team and VoTV patient had meetings with the Chief Minister and Secretary for Taxes in the state for advocating on tobacco taxes.

Shri Oomen Chandy, Hon’able CM Kerala was met by Dr Paul Sebastian and briefed the Chief Minister about the harms of tobacco, especially bidis, and pointed out bidis are not being taxed in Kerala. The Chief Minister readily agreed the fact that bidi industry is in crisis in Kerala with scant workers employed in them. We also told him most of the bidis used by Kerala users are being brought from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other states, escaping the tax net. That Tamil Nadu is taxing bidis at 14.5 per cent was pointed out to him. Revenue generated as a result of tax increase based on RTI data was also highlighted. Joining the team was 28-year-old tobacco-induced victim. Dr Paul explained how the young man had lost his ability to speak clearly following a surgery to treat tobacco-induced  oral cancer. Chief Minister was pained to see the young man’s condition and expressed dismay on learning that two years of tobacco use had brought this malady to the youngster. Patient narrated his experience and said he knows of many friends who had cut down on cigarette consumption following tax increase and appealed to the Chief Minister to increase taxes on cigarettes and bring bidis under the tax net.

VoTV in Press conference asking for increased tobacco tax, in Rajasthan

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VoTV in Association with RVHA organized a press conference, post budget session, seeking increase of taxes on tobacco and ban on zarda.

Dr. Pawan Singhal, VoTV patron explained the media how difficult it is to see people getting operated and losing part of their face due to tobacco consumption. He also mentioned that it is painful to see youth of this country losing their lives.

VoTV was done at TAPS workshop done by Union, in Jaipur, Rajasthan

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VoTV was conducted by Dr. Pawan Singhal, in The 3rd National Training Program on TAPS (Tobacco Advertisement Promotion and Sponsorship) organized by The Union (International Union against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease) on 3-5 December 2014 at Hotel Country Inn, Jaipur.

Dr. Pawan Singhal (VoTV Patron & Head and Neck Surgeon, SMS Hospital) conducted the session on VoTV. VoTV patient (Tongue cancer patient) from Alwar told in an unclear voice that he had a very happy family to live, but chewing Gutka spoiled his family and life. Patient’s brother shared that not only the patient but also his family was affected due to Gutka related cancer.

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