Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) presents its highest award to individuals or organizations in each of the six regions of the world for achievements in the field of tobacco control.
World No Tobacco Day award.
The awards are in the form of the WHO Director General’s Special Recognition Award and the World No Tobacco Day Awards.
This year, World No Tobacco Day Award has been given to Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) for efforts to control tobacco in the South East Asia region for civil society organizations.
Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) receives the World No Tobacco Day award.
MPVHA has worked on tobacco control in other districts of the state including Shivpuri district.
MPVHA is the only civil society organization in the country that has received this award this year.
This year the WHO Director-General Special Award has been given to Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Republic of India.
MPVHA efforts in various government health programs.
The MPVHA always supports the State Government in the implementation of various health programs.
The state is working closely with the Tobacco Control Cell for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Program in the state to protect youth and vulnerable people, including women and the poor, from the menace of tobacco.
The award is a recognition of contribution to the advancement of tobacco policies in the state.
The award is dedicated to the public and voluntary institutions.
Executive Director Mukesh Kumar Sinha said that we want to dedicate this award to the people and voluntary organizations of Madhya Pradesh.
Health and Family Welfare Department, Education Commissioner, Divisional Commissioners, Directors of Administrative and Police Academies, Collectors, Chief Medical and Health Officers, Superintendents of Police, Member Organizations working in different parts of the state for various tobacco control activities conducted in the state.
Has given commendable support. Necessary instructions have also been issued by the authorities from time to time for tobacco control in the state.
Percentage of tobacco users decreased from 40% to 34%
MPVHA has been working on the issue of tobacco control in Madhya Pradesh for the last two decades.
In collaboration with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the State is raising awareness on capacity building on tobacco control, production of educational materials on tobacco control in association with Tobacco Control Cell.
Also, the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 is making efforts for effective implementation.
Tobacco consumption decreased in Madhya Pradesh.
As a result, there has been a decrease in tobacco consumption in Madhya Pradesh.
According to the state’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the percentage of tobacco users in the state has decreased from 40% in 2009 to 34% in 2016 and the percentage of smokers in public places has decreased from 40% in 2009 to 24% in 2016. done.
It is not hesitant to say that there are some very good officers in the state who along with MPVHA are contributing wholeheartedly and determinedly to save the people of the state from the menace of tobacco.
Efforts to ban the use and sale of Tobacco.
Trained nearly 10,000 law enforcers from administration, health, education, police, panchayat, municipal, judicial, police and administrative academies.
Organized state and regional workshops on tobacco control in collaboration with WHO Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO for 5 states.
Organized state level workshops, 50 district level workshops, 150 block level orientation, panchayat level orientation and various training programs.
An established network of civil society in the state.
Carried out and supported several compliance and research studies.
Technical support to the Government in taking major policy decisions on tobacco control through Tobacco Control Cell.
Efforts to ban the sale and use of tobacco in public places and spitting in 40 districts with the help of collectors during the COVID-19 epidemic.
online competitions in the state level on World No Tobacco Day.
Nada India Foundation, Delhi. In which poster making photography slogans and speech competitions are being organized under the Tobacco Prohibition Program.
Badukhar, JNN. Courtesy of Nada India Foundation Delhi, state level online competitions are being organized in Himachal Pradesh.
In which poster making photography slogans and speech competitions are being organized under the Tobacco Prohibition Program.
State Coordinator Mangal Thakur informed that this event is being organized to prevent the ill effects of tobacco in the state.
In which awareness will be spread in the society through the youth of Khushali Club.
He said that mainly tobacco consumption is hollowing out the society.
Today many youth are in the grip of drugs, so that their future is also at stake.
To save the society, it is very important to keep the younger generation away from drugs.
By organizing such contests, people will be informed about the ill effects of intoxication so that they stay away from this demon.
Interested participants can contact by 28 May 2021 to participate in this competition.
Need for youth against drug addiction.
There is a need for youth to come forward against drug addiction. Drug addicts make the most of youths their prey.
Therefore, the youth must keep themselves strong and stay away from intoxication with determination.
If you will stay away from addiction, youth will be strong, then a prosperous and happy nation can be imagined.
He said that he will continue to conduct such programs in the future also.