- About Us
- Smoking and Health
Smoking is the biggest epidemic of our time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco causes over 6 million premature deaths every year. It is estimated that it causes 71% of lung cancers, 42% of chronic respiratory diseases and 10% of cardiovascular diseases making it the single most important preventable cause of disease. The WHO estimates that deaths from tobacco will increase to 7.5 million by 2020.1
“Tobacco kills up to half of its users” –WHO, 2018
- World Health Organization. Tobacco: Fact Sheet.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT
The SMOKEFREEGREECE initiative, established in 2009 for tobacco prevention with an emphasis in the school community, does not in any capacity, hold any obligation or relation to any funders, institutions, persons, or initiatives with similar names and/or scope. Does not have any financial, ideological, social relationship or collaboration with any industry related to the manufacturing, production, distribution or promotion of tobacco and/or other novel tobacco products.
The SMOKEFREEGREECE initiative is fully funded by the Behrakis Foundation Boston MA and is supported by the NGO Hellenic Cancer Society and the Educational Institution, The American College of Greece.