On the World No Tobacco Day, the Himachal Upbhokta Sanrakshan Parishad, Shimla organized a workshop with the support of Consumer VOICE to spread awareness on tobacco use on 1, June, 2017 in Shimla. The Chief Guest of the programme Mrs.Isha Thakur, Assistant Commissioner, Shimla in her address said people are consuming tobacco for enjoyment or for addiction but both are very harmful.
Women should also play an important role to spread awareness on quitting tobacco. Renowned oncologist Dr.Gopal Chauhan said smokers are at a greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. Dr.Ramesh Jaiswal, NHRM highlighted the work done by the government on the awareness on tobacco use. Mr.Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Officer, Consumer VOICE addressed the audience and urged the government to take measures like taxation to control the menace of tobacco. There was a large participation from civil societies and groups of Women from Aganbari in the workshop.