World No Tobacco Day is globally observed every year on May 31 to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to nearly 6 million deaths each year worldwide, including 600,000 of which are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what organisations all over the world are doing to fight the tobacco companies and the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The World No Tobacco Day events held in various cities were:

The famous Bollywood trio Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy performed for CPAA at a special concert held on 12 June in Mumbai. Singers Aakriti Kakkar, Shruti Pathak , Mamta Sharma, Aditi Singh Sharma, Raman Mahadevan, Sandeep Batraa, Divya Kumar and Shadab Faridi accompanied them beautifully with their vocals. The performers used the platform to urge the youth to 'Celebrate Life...Don't let it go up in Smoke !". The show was inaugurated by actress Neetu Chandra, Mrs World Mohini Sharma Mane and Mr. Mayak Mehta(Executive Director, Bank of Baroda) along-with Mr Y K Sapru (Chairman and CEO). A Press Conference preceding the concert on 11 June announced CPAA's collaborative efforts with World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in put together various programs involving the music industry, advertising agencies, youth, corporate, celebrities, media and like-minded influential people to highlight the ill effects of tobacco in tandem with the theme for 2016 being 'Get Ready for Plain Packaging - a deglamorizing of cigarette packaging with relevant messages to act as deterrent to smoking habit '. Present at the Press Conference were Mr. Y K Sapru (Chairman & CEO-CPAA), Dr. Prakin Suchaxaya (CHP, WHO), Mr. Harish Baijal (Jt.Commissioner FDA-Maharashtra), Mr. O K Kaul (General Manager-Marketing & Wealth Management, Bank Of Baroda),Dr. P S Pasricha (Former DGP of Maharashtra), producer-director Mr. Rohit Shetty (Director & Producer), music composers Shankar Ehsaan Loy (Singer-Composer)and actor and CPAA patron Vivek Oberoi to pledge their support to the cause. They also felicitated singers from music industry for their support to CPAA. Cancer Screening Camps were held on 22 May at the Zilla Parishad School, Safale, Palghar for 100 women. A helicopter joy-ride over Mumbai city, was organised for childhood cancer patients on 31 May by Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd from their airport in Juhu, Mumbai. Actresses Juhi Chawla, Urmila Matondar, Medha Manjrekar and Bhagyshree were present to cheer the children, distribute gifts and accompany them.

New Delhi:
An Anti Tobacco Awareness program was organised for the Delhi Police on 31 May at the Lotus Temple Auditorium. Over 400 police personnel of South East District Delhi attended the lecture which focused on the harmful effects of tobacco use and the perils of second-hand smoking. Dr Ankur Bahl and Dr Sajeela Maini's talks enlightened them about the causes, myths and warning signs of cancer and brief information and data on oral, head and neck cancer. The doctors emphasized on the need for regular health check-ups, how to quit tobacco and different methods to do so. A cancer screening camp was organised on 30 May for the police personnel of Sarita Vihar Police Station. While several cases of chewing tobacco, smoking and poor oral hygiene were identified and they were counseled and suggested to quit tobacco and taught to take care of their dental health. 15 cases with precancerous stage were detected.

Pune: Cancer Screening Camps were conducted throughout the month of May at the GPO Pune, Magarpatta City, Yerwada Central Jail and for a Women's Self Help Group at Wagholi. Awareness lectures were held through the month at Magarpatta City by Dr. Mahesh Pawar at Yerwada Central Jail by Dr. Rakesh Neve and Dr. Vinod Gore.

Other events held in May were:
A Patient-donor meet was organised for one of CPAA's biggest patrons the General Insurance Corporation on 11 May at their head office in Churchgate, Mumbai. 25 beneficiary patients along-with a relative were treated to an enjoyable evening by their General Manager and the staff members. The staff also distributed gifts to all the patients.

On 22 May a lunch meet was organised at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Juhu by one of CPAA's esteemed donor Sudha Sharma for 150 childhood cancer patients from Tata, Sion, Wadia and KEM hospitals along-with their parents. The children were excited to meet actor Tiger Shroff and singers Arman Mallik and Swarup and thoroughly enjoyed the magic show, clown show and puppet show with them. They danced to their hearts content with the celebrities present and went home happily after having a delicious lunch and return gifts.

Dr. Reeta Kaul Thukral of the Global Charity Foundation, USA met up with the patients and parents that GCF has been supporting for cancer treatment since 2011 under CPAA-GCF project. The meet was held at AIIMS, Delhi in June 2016.

A Cancer Screening camp was organized for the under privileged community of Sangam Vihar, the biggest slum colony in Delhi on 28 June.

The Oriental Insurance Corporation of India invited CPAA and 8 of their beneficiary childhood cancer patients on 9 June 2016 at Jewel of India Hotel, Worli, Mumbai. The directors and staff of the organisation interacted with the children and their parents and enjoyed a delicious lunch with them. The children were thrilled to receive all the lovely gifts too.

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