The E-Newsletter of Cancer Patients Aid Association 

MAY 2007

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WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2007 - Smoke Free Environment  

World No Tobacco Day is a unique global event established to call attention to the impact of tobacco use on public health and to effectively reduce individual tobacco dependence. This year the theme for World No Tobacco Day as proposed by World Health Organization globally is 'Smoke Free Environment'. Taking the theme forward CPAA organised a series of events to commemorate this day with a view to make people aware of their right to clean air, free from tobacco smoke.  Through these programs we were able to appeal to people to create a smoke-free environment which would not only help smokers who want to quit with a strong incentive to cut down or stop smoking altogether but also help prevent people – especially the young – from starting to smoke. This year too the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the World Health Organization supported us in this endeavour.
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Free Cancer Awareness and Screening (ENT) Camps were held at key locations in the Mumbai viz.- BEST (Wadala), Dadar Railway Station for railway loaders and track workers, Naigaon Police Headquarters for the policemen and their families and the Police Club for Police officers. The Police camp was inaugurated by the Commissioner of Mumbai Police D. N. Jadhav along with Joint Commissioner S. Awate and actor Jackie Shroff at the Mumbai Police Club. An open house cancer screening (ENT) camp was held at the Hutatma Chowk (Flora Fountain) car parking lot on 31st May - World No Tobacco Day for the general public.  Over 1000 people were screened at these camps out of which 49% of the people were advised follow up screening at our clinics.

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'No Smoking' - Press Conference
A Press Conference was held at Taj Lands End, Bandra on 26th May 2007 to commemorate World No Tobacco Day. CPAA Founder Chairman and CEO, Mr. Y. K. Sapru along with Ms. Bhavani Thyagarajan -Joint Secretary (Health) and Ms. Paramita Sudharto - Public Health Administrator (WHO) felicitated actor John Abraham, Producer Mr. Kumar Mangat & Director Mr. Anurag Kashyap for their hard-hitting movie 'No Smoking'. They shared their experience in making the movie and pledged their support to our cause. Actors Milind Soman and Dino Morea and singer Dr. Palash Sen of Euphoria - the Indian Rock band were also felicitated at this occasion for their work and support in tobacco control. Also present on this occasion was Director General of Police, Dr. P S Pasricha, who stressed on the power of media in creating awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco. Three of our larynx cancer patients were presented with Provox Boxes II which would now enable them to speak again.

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Euphoria Rocks
Euphoria the Indian Rock Band rocked the city at Rang Sharda, Bandra on 26th May 2007. The show, especially aimed at the youth was successful in the spreading the message that 'Tobacco Kills !'. The event was inaugurated by actor Dino Morea who addressed the scores of school and college students present about the harmful effects of smoking. Actors Shilpa Agnihotri and Shama Sikander too graced the event with their presence and immediately connected with the audience encouraging them to stay aware from this deadly vice. 

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Drawing competition

Taking forward the World No Tobacco Day theme we invited over 100 city kids to participate in a drawing competition on the topic 'A Smoke-free Environment'. The event was co-hosted by Lotus Suites Ecotel, Mumbai. The children painted the canvases with beautiful and eclectic colours portraying their ideas of a A Smoke-free Environment, based on varied topic like global warming, tobacco, smoking etc. Renowned artists Hema Joshi, Ruxana Pathan and Mr.C. S. Oza judged the paintings for ingenuity and creativity, while actress Sonali Kulkarni and Nitu Chandra encouraged and cheered the kids. The top 12 drawings will be a part of a 2008 calendar. As a part of the World No Tobacco Day celebrations, Mrs Neeta More, Director - Prevention & Early Detection was invited to speak on the popular talk show "Hello Sakhi" on Doordarshan's Sahyadri channel to speak on 'Tobacco Free Campaigns'.

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Human Chain
CPAA staff volunteers and social workers co-organised and participated in a Human Chain at Marine Drive, Mumbai on 31st May. The human chain, displayed banners, posters, holders with anti tobacco messages.  Members and volunteers of the Rotract Club of South Hill, R. P. Ruia Trust, Jeeven Jyoth Trust and Marwadi Sammalan Trust joined hands with CPAA for this event.
Award
Our Medical Social Worker Ms. Iva Athavia was recently awarded “The Achiever Amidst Adversities” by the Sorptimist International of North Bombay for her dedicated work towards the cause of cancer. An MSW from the TISS, Iva has also done a BA in Political Science followed by her B. Ed. At TISS her specialization was in Urban and Rural Community Development. She has also worked for the Society for Education of Crippled Children (SEC), Asha Ankur and on rural projects like Water Management, Panchayati Raj and Eve teasing in Himachal Pradesh. Iva is an amputee, having lost both her arms in an unfortunate railway accident at the age of 18. She joined the Patient Care Department of CPAA in 1995 and since then has been actively involved in disbursement of patient aid, counseling patients and families, networking with Hospitals and Doctors, mobilising community resources etc.
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