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Tobacco Free India – Grants and Awards


In India, tobacco consumption is responsible for half of all the cancers in men and for a quarter of all cancers in women, in addition to being a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. This global tobacco epidemic kills more people than tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

Recognizing the health hazards of tobacco abuse, the Foundation lays equal emphasis on tobacco control initiatives and on cancer prevention. Each year, the Foundation provides grants/awards to organizations and leaders for their commendable work in the area of tobacco control


As a part of its commitment to cancer prevention, the Foundation has instituted the Tobacco Free India Grants and Awards, a program geared towards supporting grassroots initiatives in tobacco control and recognizing individuals who have made pioneering contribution in the area of tobacco control.

NGO Grants

The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation grants an amount of INR 10,00,000 to non-profit organizations doing excellent work in the field of tobacco control. This grant focuses on organizations that operate in rural and towns with a population lesser than 1 million. Each year, a maximum of five grants are awarded to such deserving organizations.

Leadership Award

These awards are given to individuals who have made their mark in the area of tobacco control. The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supports their laudable efforts with a reward of INR 50,000. Each year, a maximum of five individuals are awarded each year.


Through the initiative the Foundation has extended grant support to 28 Organizations and felicitated 40 individuals across 10 States in India. The champions of this program have made pioneering interventions in the area of tobacco control