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Category Archives: Year 2013

Engineering College Principals guarantee to Comply with COTPA


COTPA sensitization program was conducted for Principal of Government Engineering Colleges at the Directorate of Technical Education whereVoTV videos (WLF and RCC) were played to sensitize the Principals. .

Principals of all 9 Government Engineering Colleges were present in the session chaired by the Director of Technical Education Dr J Letha.

The principals assured us that they will take immediate steps to make their college campuses COTPA –compliant and complete tobacco free.

VoTV State chapter launched in Rajasthan


Doctors geared up in Rajasthan to prevent children in Rajasthan from tobacco.  VoTV State chapter in Rajasthan launched on 4th August 2013 with a team of around 10 doctors.

Doctors on a mission to save lives from tobacco in Bihar


VoTV State chapter in Bihar in collaboration with Cancer Awareness Society launched in Bihar on 18th August 2013. Around 12 doctors from different parts of Bihar got together and vowed to save lives from tobacco.

Tobacco cessation for the law enforcement agency

VoTV session by Dr. Niraj Nigam  to the police official of Vidhisa

VoTV session by Dr. Niraj Nigam to the police official of Vidhisa

A dental camp for the awareness of Oral Health and ill effects of tobacco, Pan-masala, Gutka and a session for tobacco cessation were conducted in Police Hospital at Vidisha for the Police Force and their families in the district place with one of the highest occurrence number of chewing tobacco victims in the country.

Around 150 Police Persons were examined and 65 of them were found having habit of consuming tobacco or Pan masala. The general crowd was informed about the ill-effects of tobacco by an audio-visuals by Dr. Niraj Shakti Nigam and the de-addiction method followed by a personal interview of a tobacco victim Shri Ram Prasad who had undergone the surgery and lost his half of the Mandible 10 year back to get rid of deadly disease whose story of survival was an eye opener for the crowd. After this, all the Police Persons were examined and medicines were distributed.

In the function, Superintendent of District Police Shri. Dharmendra Chowdhari and other Police Officers were present. IDA Bhopal Br. President Dr. Pratima Bajpai, Sec Dr N. R. Chorasia, Ex IDA M.P. State Pres Dr Sanjeev Bajpai. Dr. Mr & Mrs. Paliwal have not only addressed the crowd but render their services also.

Voice of Tobacco Victim (VoTV) on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day – Say “No To Tobacco Advertisement”


A VoTV event was conducted in a programme organized by Salaam Bombay Foundation on May 30th at Azad Maidan to launch an enforcement drive against violation of COTPA section 5 in Mumbai.

The event had a chief guest Mr. Zagade (FDA Commissioner), Mr. Tubhe (Education officer), Dr. Umarji (HOD, OMDR, Government Dental College).  Mr. Zagade made a remarkable opening statement and congratulated the efforts of NGO for tobacco control. He also said that in last one year a lot of gutka products have been seized in the state of Maharashtra. The battle still continues and we should try to end this tobacco menace so no more such world no tobacco day is been observed.

Two VoTV patients shared their story and how advertisement influenced them for the increase uptake of the habit. The session was followed by opening of the The ‘Wall of Shame’ which was displayed at the venue. The ‘Wall of Shame’ displayed picture of those pan shops who are displaying boards promoting various cigarette brands. A play prepared by SBF children followed, by setting a context of the WVTD theme: Ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

To intensify the event, a group of children along with VoTV patients visited nearby pan shops. Tobacco selling vendors were made aware of the existing law and also sensitized about the seriousness of the effect of POS advertisement on the consumption habit of youths. In addition, children also put a warning board at the pan shop as prescribed under the law. The event was extensively covered by the media personnel.

International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century: The Endgame for Tobacco


announce the

International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century:

The Endgame for Tobacco

Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi, India

September 10-12, 2013-05-23


Public health leaders, researchers, academicians, advocates, policymakers and various stakeholders will come together on a platform to set the agenda for future pathways to put an end to tobacco use, globally and integrate the issue with larger developmental goals. The conference will bring forth and emphasize on innovative multi- sectoral policy interventions, research and advocacy efforts for accelerating the endgame for tobacco in the 21st century.

The conference programme will encompass various themes related to the current tobacco endgame narrative including strategies for reducing prevalence to less than 5% at population level, protection from tobacco industry interference, plain packaging of all tobacco products, alternative livelihoods for tobacco growers, increased tobacco taxation, curbing illicit trade in tobacco products, youth tobacco use prevention programmes, providing accessible and affordable treatment for tobacco dependence and cessation, monitoring and surveillance among others.

The conference will also be complimented with pre- and post- conference events, consultations and workshops to widen the scope of tobacco control interventions, research and advocacy beyond the health sector.

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Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi of Mumbai Honored for Leading Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use in India, Giving a Voice to Tobacco Victims


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi – a cancer surgeon based at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital – will be honored today with the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence in recognition of his innovative leadership in the fight to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related disease in India. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will present Dr. Chaturvedi with the award at its annual awards gala in Washington, DC.

The Wilkenfeld Award was established in honor of Judy Wilkenfeld, the founder of Tobacco-Free Kids’ international program, who passed away in May 2007. The award recognizes international tobacco control advocates who contribute significantly to reducing tobacco use and inspire others to do the same in the spirit exemplified by Wilkenfeld.

Described by his colleagues as visionary, tireless and undaunted, Dr. Chaturvedi recognized that fundamental change wouldn’t happen until public figures had to confront the horrifying reality that he sees every day in his operating room. So Dr. Chaturvedi launched the Voice of Tobacco Victims campaign. This revolutionary campaign has mobilized tobacco victims and their doctors to confront India’s leaders and demand that they enact and implement strong tobacco control laws.

“Cancer specialists like me who work with tobacco victims are the constant witnesses of the crimes perpetrated by the tobacco industry,” said Dr. Chaturvedi. “I could no longer sit back and watch how helpless my patients and their families felt.  I hoped these victims’ personal stories would rock the consciences of policy makers who must be convinced to take action.”

Dr. Chaturvedi began organizing tobacco victims – including many of his own patients – to help them share their stories and the impact tobacco use had on their lives. This grassroots effort created momentum and led to the formation of the advocacy group Voice of Tobacco Victims. Today, this group is one of the leading forces behind India’s growing tobacco control movement that has resulted in bans of smokeless tobacco products and increased taxes on tobacco.

Twenty-three of India’s 28 states and five of seven union territories have now banned gutka, a cheap and popular form of smokeless tobacco that attracts an estimated 65 million users in India. The movement has also contributed to tobacco tax increases in 20 states.

“Dr. Chaturvedi is a highly deserving recipient of the 2013 Judy Wilkenfeld Award. By mobilizing victims of tobacco and cancer doctors, he has transformed the tobacco control movement in India and contributed to historic progress that is saving lives,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Dr. Chaturvedi has not only created a lasting legacy in India, but also provided a global example in combating tobacco use.”

Dr. Chaturvedi’s innovative leadership comes at a critical time for India, where tobacco kills more than one million people each year.  The country is also home to 86 percent of the world’s oral cancer cases, which often result in life-long disfigurement and disability. Gutka bans now protect more than 975 million Indians, comprising approximately 80 percent of the country’s population. Additionally, 700 million Indian people live in states where tobacco taxes have been increased.

“I am honored to receive this award and accept it on behalf my colleagues, especially the victims of tobacco use, who are working to stop the tobacco epidemic in India,” said Dr. Chaturvedi. “We have seen great progress in India and hope to serve as an example for the global community.  The world must hear the voice of tobacco’s many victims and know that progress in the global fight against tobacco is possible.”

VoTV in “Regulations Governing Tobacco depiction in Movies and Television: The Way Forward”


The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with World Health organization (WHO) and Salaam Bombay Foundation, Mumbai organised a meeting on “Regulations Governing Tobacco depiction in Movies and Television: The Way Forward” on Wednesday, April 17, 2013  for the CBFC to remove all the impediments and strengthen the implementation of rules for Tobacco Control .The workshop was initiative was taken to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to participate in the open discussion, share the experience and ensure proper implementation of the regulations for tobacco control.


VoTV Sensitization for the CBFC was conducted during the event. Mr. Amit Baliyan and Mrs. Sumitra Pednekar (widow of Late Mr.Satish Pednekar who was a cancer patient) shared their grievances  of becoming tobacco victims. Mr. Amit Baliyan who is a 25-year-old cancer patient suffered a lot due to his habit. He smoked as well as chewed tobacco for nearly 5 to 6 years. Apart from financial loss the personal suffering was way too much. Post operation, he faced a lot of difficulties – tried drinking water, he felt the pain of thousands of needles in his mouth. His tongue had turned into a white patch, covered with numerous red blisters, big and small. He could not bear to look in the mirror because the right half of his face had become hollow. Despite his athletic body he had lost 26 kilograms in two months, could not move his neck and couldn’t sleep due to the pain. He used to be a cricketer and always had a dream to become a cricket coach. He said, “My parents must have forgiven me but I can never forgive myself.” Late Mr. Satish Pednekar was a cancer patient died of oral cancer in 2011 at the age of 60, because of his habit of chewing tobacco and pan masala (mawa masala). He was Maharashtra’s former home and labour minister. He had been keeping ill since 2007. His lengthy struggle against cancer ruined him and his family financially and emotionally.

Media Coverages:

Press meet of Faith United for Tobacco Control


The press meet of Faith united for tobacco control was held in Bangalore and was very well attended by media as well as representatives from MoH, state anti tobacco cell.

VoTV Patients interacted with all religious leaders and shared their experiences and requested the religious leaders to appeal to the masses to quit tobacco use and refrain from initiating this habit. All the religious leaders spoke unanimously about the 20 states that have banned gutka and that in the interest of the health of the people of the state especially the youth, Karnataka should also implement the ban.

Worksite Wellness Initiative


On the occasion of Chatrpati Shivjyanti, Salaam Mumbai foundation in association with Maratha Chambers of Commerce and Industries, voice of tobacco victim launched an initiative named “Life First”. The purpose of the project was to mobilize the corporate with workplace tobacco cessation facility. The Chief Guest for the programme was Member of the Parliament Smt. Supriya Sule. Among other chief guest was Shri. Mahesh Zagade.

Voices of Tobacco Victim also participate in the campaign. Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi emphasized the need for the corporate to adopt workplace tobacco cessation facility. Most of the workers spend almost 8-10 hours of the day at workplace. To cope with rising demands of the job and work pressure many of the employees start taking the tobacco habit. Victims’ suffering because of the tobacco habit shared their stories.

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