INDIA: While the world commemorated “World No Tobacco Day,” the Indian Army’s Station Health Organisation held a Cancer awareness event on Tuesday, followed by a Cancer screening camp on Wednesday, to promote awareness among serving soldiers about the importance of the “Quit Tobacco Movement.”
The camp was held in collaboration with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), a well-known NGO in the field of cancer management, from prevention to rehabilitation, at Section Hospital at Kalina Military Station in Santacruz East, North West Mumbai.
The Station Health organisation honoured CPAA Chairman Y K. Sapru for his important efforts in the cancer sector over the last 53 years on this occasion. CPAA has conducted 26 cancer screening camps at various Army locations across the country.
World Tobacco Day
The first World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) was conducted in 1988, and it is celebrated every year on May 31. This is a worldwide event created to raise awareness about the negative effects of tobacco use on public health and to aid in the reduction of individual tobacco dependence.
“Tobacco: Threat to our Environment” was the subject for World No Tobacco Day 2022.
The CPAA has already started the “IndiaVsTobacco” campaign, which involves young people, parents, and institutions working to make India tobacco-free. It has gained traction as various organisations use the hashtag to show their support for a tobacco-free India.
As part of the “World No Tobacco Day”, the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra State National Tobacco Control Program, Tata Memorial Centre, and CPAA, along with technical partner, Vital Strategies, a global public health organization, unveiled interactive billboards in over 5 locations across Mumbai and suburbs to initiate conversations about the health risks that tobacco inflicts on our society and spread awareness on the harms of second-hand smoke.