- About Us
- Smoking and Health
SMOKE FREE GREECE
SmokeFreeGreece is a series of coordinated actions organized by the George D. Behrakis Research Lab of the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece aiming to reduce smoking in our country.
SMOKING & HEALTH
What is Passive smoking? Passive smoking is the inhalation of side-stream tobacco smoke produced by other people who actively smoke near us.2 This includes but is not limited to, cigarettes, rolled cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water-pipe smoking but also from novel products such as electronic cigarettes.
Health Effects of Smoking
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco causes over 6 million premature deaths every year. Smoking is the biggest epidemic of our time, with an estimated 6 million attributable deaths per year. It is estimated that by 2020, 7.5 million people will die of smoking-related diseases.1
ANNUAL STUDENT CONFERENCES
“Education for a Smokefree Society”
Since 2010, 8 annual student conferences entitled, “Education for a Smokefree Society” have taken place which have included a Panhellenic student competition for the past 5 years.
For Students & Teachers
SmokefreeGreece activities include the production of various educational material for the school community specifically tailored to address the different needs of students and teachers.
EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION SEMINARS
For Tobacco Prevention
As increased knowledge and awareness are key to tobacco prevention, we developed educational interventions tailored to inform teachers and school-aged children on tobacco operated through “SmokeFreeGreece”.
TRAIN THE TRAINER
Workshops for Tobacco Prevention
The SmokeFreeGreece educational campaign also provides “train the trainer” workshops for teachers in order to educate their students on tobacco prevention.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Collaboration with SYMPLEFSI
Since 2014, we have been collaborating with the Non-Governmental Organization “Symplefsi” which aims to support and improve the living conditions of the residents of the Greek remote islands.