On 31st May, 2012, World No Tobacco day, a Run for Voice of Tobacco victims was organized by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Voice of Tobacco Victims (VOTV) and Health Fitness Trust. This was a public awareness event for Voice of Tobacco Victims, which is a campaign led by Healis – Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health. The run commenced at Nirman Bhawan and proceeded to Rajpath Lawns & India Gate, New Delhi. Asian Marathon Champion Sunita Godara, Director – Health Fitness Trust, led the runners.
At the flagging off at 8:45 am were many dignitaries from the Union Health Ministry including Minister of Health & Family Welfare Gulam Nabi Azad, Special Secretary Keshav Desiraju and Joint Secretary Shakuntla Gamlin.
Over 200 participants from NCC, Scouts, Vocational Institutes, Ghaziabad Runners Club, St John Ambulance Delhi brigade, Team of DHS Mobile Van and children from Noida and Nangloi ran wearing slogan T-shirts, flags & placards. The main slogan was: Choose Life Not Tobacco. An enjoyable street play was also held at India Gate.