The Hindu,in association with Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, will organise an awareness walk on the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day on May 31 on Beach Road starting from Sree Kali temple up to YMCA Junction at 6.30 a.m. City Commissioner of Police J. Purnachandra Rao, will inaugurate the walk.

As part of the campaign, 22,500 specially designed leaflets will be distributed in various residential areas, important junctions, Beach Road and other areas to create awareness about the ill effects of tobacco.

WHO celebrates World No Tobacco Day on May 31 every year, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. Tobacco use is the second largest cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. The World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects. It provides an opportunity to highlight specific tobacco control messages and to promote adherence to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco use is the number one preventable epidemic that the health community faces

Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute in M.V.P. Colony in the city is a centre of excellence for comprehensive cancer care and prevention. The institute is one of the largest cancer care centres in south India and is led by Surgical Oncologist Dr. Murali Krishna Voonna who is a product of “Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai”.